Arthur Severn - View of Venice
Huge 19th century romantic painting of Venice
With vibrant colors and swift brushstrokes, Severn wonderfully captured the warm and peaceful feeling of a sunset in Venice, the city of love, on a busy summer day, depicting the iconic Piazza San Marco. People are walking along the small stores while on the water the gondoliers are busy navigating their gondolas through the picturesque canal. Our painting is not only a magnificent example of Venetian cityscapes but also an important piece in the oeuvre of Arthur Severn.
Arthur studied in Paris and Rome. He specialised in landscape and marine paintings, in which he experimented with the effects of light and weather. He was an active exhibitor, showing in London at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Dudley Gallery, Fine Art Society and Grosvenor Gallery, as well as at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, Leicester Gallery and Manchester City Art Gallery. He was a founding member of the Arts Club in 1863. In 1882 he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the following year of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He also exhibited in Paris, receiving an honourable mention in 1889 at the Exposition Universelle. His works include High Tide in Brighton (Cardiff).
Ca. Late 19th/ early 20th century.
Oil on canvas: Ca. 105*162cm
With frame: Ca. 135*192cm
Biographical information was obtained from the University of Glasgow, The correspondence of James McNeill Whistler