Cap d'Ail by Sir John Lavery


Cap d'Ail


Sir John Lavery

Ref GM2306
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 15" x 12" (38 x 30 cm)
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During the early months of 1921 the Laverys took an extended holiday journeying along the Riviera, between Cap Ferrat and Monaco. As was his custom, Lavery treated these sojourns in fashionable watering-holes as opportunities to produce new work. On this occasion he painted a series of extraordinary pictures, notable for what might be described as an almost Post-Impressionist palette. The intense blues of Beaulieu and the Blue Bay greatly appealed to him and in ‘The Terrace, Cap d'Ail’ he produced what must be the definitive evocation of the Côte d’Azur. This is one of the side apartments at the Hotel Eden looking towards St. Jean Cap Ferrat in the distance with the Tete de Chien rock on the right. At some point, the painter also visited the hill gardens around Villa Sylvia, probably taking a path at the back of the hotel, since the configuration of headland in the present work exactly replicates that in ‘The Terrace, Cap d'Ail’. The lush vegetation of the area - the aloes growing by the roadside - even at that time of year, greatly impressed him.