Henry Faulkner (American, 1924–1981)
BUTTERFLIES IN TAORMINA
Oil on masonite, 33” x 27”
In 1961 Henry Faulkner arrived in the town of Taormina on the island of Sicily. He quickly found lodging in a cottage on the grounds of Casa Cuseni, a villa owned by Englishwoman Daphne Phelps. The villa is famed for its views of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna, along the slopes of which Taormina is built. This painting depicts the view of the village from Casa Cuseni (albeit in an exaggerated fashion). Today, the villa is both an art museum and a hotel, with a Henry Faulkner room and several of his paintings.