Vali Myers (1930-2003)
Tarantata, signed and dated 'Vali Myers. 74' (lower right), pencil, pen, black ink and burnt Sienna on paper, 35x22,5 cm, Vali Myers on Tarantata: "Tarantata Until recent times, in Southern Italy, during the hot dog-days of August, people would be struck down by a fever, delirium and melancholy, caused by ‘the bite of the Tarantula spider. ’ The only cure for this strange sickness was music that included frenetic dancing. It was beleived (sic) that if the sick person did not dance he or she would die. These ‘Tarantati’ as they were called desired to wear clothes of vivid colours, red, yellow, and green, bright ornaments and necklaces, but could not endure the sight of black. This was the origin of the Tarantella. " (Vali Myers. Drawings 1949-79', London 1980, p. 96. ), Provenance: Acquired from Galerie Hüsstege, Amsterdam, thence by descent.
Literature: 'Vali Myers. Drawings 1949-79', Open house (publ. ) London 1980, pp. 96-97, illustrated in colour on page 97.
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