Oil on millboard
Framed: 53.5 x 61 x 6 cm (21 1/16 x 24 x 2 3/8 in.); Unframed: 35.5 x 42.7 cm (14 x 16 13/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1985.56
At age seventeen, Bonington began teaching precision drawing at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and he was essential to bringing aspects of the English style to France.
At the age of 22, Bonington achieved overnight success at the official (state sponsored) Paris exhibition known as Salon. Two years later, in 1826, he journeyed to Venice, a city that had long attracted landscape artists. At first, constant rain greatly depressed Bonington, but suddenly the weather changed and Venice was at its glorious best. Bonington frequently painted outdoors, capturing immediate impressions of Venetian architecture and sunlight. He made this particular study from a boat anchored in the lagoon near the Doge's Palace. The thick swirls of paint, with colors mixed together while still wet, indicates how rapidly the artist worked.
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