18″W x 23″H. Original painting by Dorothy Hitzke. The featured subject is a famous poem by 13th century Persian poet Moslih Eddin Saadi. The poem is hand written, surrounded by beautiful, wispy plants and grape-like flowers suggestive of the hyacinths of the poem. The overall look is elegant and reminiscent of Japanese ink paintings.
Can you see the woman’s face hiding in the plants?
Our sense is Hitzke is a left-handed painter from Europe. Note how the letters of the poem slant back. Also, for her, the term ‘orient’ connotes the Middle East (Persia) ala European usage, whereas it points to east Asia in American usage. Further, the antiquated language of the translation tells us this painting was done some time ago, at least 40 years back. The use of the term ‘poetal’ to denote a sonnet-like format also points to an earlier era.
The painting is done on a material called canvasette. It is a very heavy paper with a canvas-like surface giving the visual impression of a standard canvas foundation.
The canvasette is surface-mounted with spacers to keep it away from the glass. The black mounting board and frame highlights the green of the painting’s background and echoes the black of the plants.
Excellent condition throughout: new frame, glass, mounting board, backing board, backing paper, and hanging hardware.
“If of thy mortal goods, thou art bereft
And of thy meager store
Two loaves alone to thee are left
Sell one . . . and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed they soul”