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'Lalage' 2023.  


Abridged description on the human experience:


The triptych is based on three cities from the book 'Invisible Cities' by Italo Calvino. The book consists of a sequence of imaginary dialogues between the Venetian traveller Marco Polo and the Tartar emperor Kublai Khan. In the course of these discussions, the young Polo describes a series of metropolises, each of which bears a woman's name.


'Marco answers that the city is called Lalage and that its inhabitants built it that way so that the moon would grant the city the power to grow endlessly'


'Theodora has been invaded multiple times throughout the centuries. Residents finished with one enemy, only to begin fighting another'


'Olinda is certainly not the only city that grows in concentric circles, like tree trunks which each year add one more ring'


The original painting of 'Lalage' was painted in 2023 with acrylic paint and collage on 310gsm watercolour paper.


The dimensions of the visible painting are 79 cm x 110 cm with a 1.5 cm border for framing purposes. 


The painting is signed by the artist. 


Enclosed with the painting is also a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

The painting will be shipped flat, wrapped in tissue paper, placed into an acid free sleeve then securely packaged for transit.


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'Lalage' Rian Hotton Acrylic and collage on paper 79 x 110cm

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