Count Kalnoky's Guest House, 2010, digital print on Hanemuhle Fine Art paper, 40cm x 54cm, Limited edition of 50.
An original limited edition print by the artist Robert Dunt.
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A limited edition digital print of the interior of one of the rooms in Count Kalnoky's Guest House in Romania. This digital print comes from an original pencil drawing that the artist Robert Dunt made while he was staying there.
Robert then scanned the pencil drawing into photoshop and coloured the picture there, and placed original photographs he took there to produce the work. So the final work is only produced physically once it is printed out.
In the work Robert focuses on a few contrasts, such as the black and white drawing and the photographs of Romania, and the white expanse to the right that lets the right hand drawn section breathe, conferring an elegance to the work. It also references cubism and Braque in the way Robert sees through the foot of the bed, that the is lying on while drawing, to the windows and door of the room.
This and the other prints in the series, called the Orchid Suite, were inspired by Picasso's Vollard Suite.
In Picasso's Vollard Suite, Picasso often sets up image between an artist, his model and the work he has produced. It is as if the work the artist has made is a reflection of the model he has copied. There is a poetic strand in these works about the real and the reflection, as the artist is often seen to be gazing at both the model and the work he has produced.
Robert's Orchid Suite looks to make similar poetic comments and raise arguments about drawing and photography through contrasts.
Prince Charles is known to also stay at this guest house in Romania.