A View of Delft by Chris Orr MBE RA

Title A View of Delft
Artist Chris Orr MBE RA (i)
Medium Lithograph & Silkscreen (i)
Numbered 25/25
Size (WxH)  94 x 64cm
Framed No
Ref. No 18252
Price: £1020.00

A View of Delft

Lithography and silkscreen. Stone Lithograph drawn and printed at Keystone editions Berlin (Sarah Dudley) silkscreen printed Peacock Visual Arts (Linsay Croall) Aberdeen Scotland 2012. Edition of 25 plus 5 artists proofs. Published by the artist on Hannermuller hand made paper 64 X 94cm.


Travelling through Holland early in 2012 I visited Delft with the intention of making a drawing from the very spot Vermeer worked. Sadly, not only did Vermeer probably make it up from composite memories but the city had changed radically too. Continuing my journey I found more typically "Dutch" scenes in other places

such as Friesland and the town of Harlingen was the main inspiration for this print, but it does incorporate bits of buildings in Delft and Harlem. It gathers together other artists than Vermeer. Edvard Munch makes an appearance and there is a homage to Seurat's wonderful drawings. The mysterious boat leaving like the Flying Dutchman is called The Caspar David Friedrich. Harlingen was stuffed full of wonderful square rigged sailing boats as well as elaborate baroque houses.


My picture is a celebration of the atmospheric and metaphorical  feelings that were conjured up for me by the place and by those artists.


There is a series of preliminary watercolour paintings and drawings for this print.