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The Grand canal, Venice

Painting, 1907, 40.6×45.5 cm

Description of the artwork «The Grand canal, Venice»

Most of my adult life, Sargent travelled through Europe and the world. However, travel he began even before his birth. Fitzwilliam and Mary Sargent did not stay in one place for a long time: they spent winters in Florence, Rome or nice, and in the summer moved to the Alps and other cool regions. With pleasure and enthusiasm to adopt the nomadic lifestyle of the parents, John singer Sargent traveled not only for their own pleasure as for the sake greedy absorption of knowledge and excitement for new discoveries, and most importantly – continuous operation. But if you view all the artist's paintings, you can see that in one city he returned again and again. In this case we are talking not about novelty, but about the recognition. It was love.

Canvas "The Grand canal, Venice" it was written in the period when the artist finally allowed myself to give up writing portraits to order and began working exclusively on what was for him the greatest interest. In the early twentieth century he writes a lot of Venetian landscapes: majestic palazzOh, sun-filled channels and, of course, gondola (boats and ships was almost the most favorite objects of Sargent).

After his mother's death in 1906, Sargent begins to travel even more. The artist goes to Mallorca, Corfu, in the Italian Alps, in the Tyrol... But still returns to beloved Venice. He shares his admiration with her sisters, nephews and friends. These family trips remind him of the time when he was a child and learned the world thanks to his parents. His refuge becomes the Venetian Palazzo Barbaro, the home of his friend and distant relative of Ralph Curtis.

Last trip to Venice the artist made in 1913. The first World war has become an insurmountable obstacle between the Sargent and his favorite city. And in 1922 died Ralph Curtis, after which the artist could not perceive Venice as well as before, and never coming back in here. Only memories and hundreds of watercolors, many of which were not even signed and dated.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Architecture, Veduta, Urban landscape

Style of art: Impressionism

Technique: Watercolor, Graphite

Materials: Paper

Date of creation: 1907

Size: 40.6×45.5 cm

Artwork in selections: 44 selections

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