Robert Caruana Dingli, a master of pictorial technique, started feeling the siren’s lure wafting from Europe to place his talent and inspiration in the wake of the more moderately daring experimentations that were then taking over all the more progressive metropolises of art. This book makes public a unique trove of over a hundred personal letters written during and after the First World War by Robert to his close friend and mentor, the art expert Vincenzo Bonello. Robert’s letters come across as passionate, emotional, often quite over the top. These letters deal preponderantly with current matters, painters’ gossip, art work in progress, money problems, the international art scene and, sometimes, with more personal issues. When he considered the occasion warranted it, he could be mercilessly scathing towards other artists and notaverse to resorting to colourful, sometimes scurrilous if not outright vulgar, turns of phrase.