Parisian Park, pen and ink and watercolour on paper, signed and dated '48 lower right, framed, 29 x 39cm (11 7/16 x 15 3/8in).
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Parisian Park is a delicate and well considered line drawing depicting two groups of men in a park standing under a leafy canopy and is an attractive example of Mualla's early works on paper.
The translucent quality of some of the figures lend the work a great sense of transience and movement rarely seen in works depicting such a static subject matter.
The group to the right of the field are surrounding an artist and his canvas who is painting the group to their left. The group to the right have no interaction with the trees or ground, clearly showing their isolation from the main scene to the left.
Mualla's viewpoint is removed once more, suggestive of another level of isolation. It seems that in Parisian Park the artist's subconscious feelings of isolation and detachedness from Parisian society have manifest themselves in the form of a multi-layered and complex work in which he observes the scene whilst keeping entirely separate.