Saturday, September 23, 2017

12 Paintings of the Canals of Venice by the artists of their time, with foot notes. #8

Vahe Yeremyan, United States
Oil on Canvas
Handmade Original Signed One of a kind
30 H x 55 W x 1.5 in
Private Collection

Vahe Yeremyan is an Armenian-born painter currently based in Los Angeles. He trained extensively to hone his craft, earning a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Painting as well as a PhD in Fine Art Therapy. He speaks of painting as his lifeblood, and spends nearly all of his time with a paintbrush in hand. Vahe’s impressionist landscapes pay tribute to the 19th century masters while adding a contemporary perspective that speaks to the delicate and sublime beauty of the natural world. His paintings have been exhibited around the globe, from Russia to California, and he is an honorable member of The Artist’s Guild of Armenia and an active member of Oil Painters of America. More on Vahe Yeremyan

Vahe Yeremyan, United States
Santa Maria della Salute
Oil on Canvas
16 H x 20 W x 0.7 in
Private Collection

Santa Maria della Salute (English: Saint Mary of Health), commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city of Venice, Italy.

It stands on the narrow finger of Punta della Dogana, between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal, at the Bacino di San Marco, making the church visible when entering the Piazza San Marco from the water. The Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is the most recent of the so-called plague churches.

In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the then fashionable baroque style by Baldassare Longhena. Construction began in 1631. Most of the objects of art housed in the church bear references to the Black Death.

The dome of the Salute was an important addition to the Venice skyline and soon became emblematic of the city, inspiring artists like Canaletto, J. M. W. Turner, John Singer Sargent, and the Venetian artist Francesco Guardi. More on Santa Maria della Salute

Vahe Yeremyan, see above

Antoine Bouvard, (French, 1870-1956)
La Riva Degli Schiavoni - Venice
Oil on canvas 

50.2 x 65.4cm (19 3/4 x 25 3/4in).
Private Collection

Much like Canaletto two hundred years prior, Bouvard built his career around the ever-increasing popularity of Venice as a holiday destination and almost exclusively painted scenes of the city. Here he has captured the Riva degli Schiavoni, literally translating to shore of the Slavs, named after the Dalmatian population which settled here. This view is punctuated by the Doge's Palace, National Library of St Marks and the city gates, marked by the two pillars between the great buildings. These landmarks are symbolic of Venice's great wealth and power whilst a Republic between 697-1797, the architectural style also highlights the city's position as a meeting point between the East and the West. More on this painting

Antoine Bouvard, St. Jean-de-Bournay, 1870 - 1956 was a French landscape painter. He studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Constant-Dufeus and became director of a. government agency of architecture. In his paintings he specialized in views of Venice. More on Antoine Bouvard,

Antoine Bouvard, (French, 1870-1956)
Shipping activity in front of the Doge's Palace 
Oil on canvas
28 x 35.5cm (11 x 14in)
Private Collection

Antoine Bouvard (French, 1870-1956), see above

Antoine Bouvard, (French, 1870-1956)
A gondolier on a Venetian canal 
Oil on canvas
63.5 x 96.5cm (25 x 38in).
Private Collection

Antoine Bouvard (French, 1870-1956), see above

Noel Georges Bouvard, (French, 1912-1975)
A Venetian backwater 
Oil on canvas
50.8 x 64.2cm (20 x 25 1/4in)
Private Collection

Bouvard Noel George, 1912-1972, was born on the 25 December, 1912 in Paris, the son of Eloi Noel Beraud, better known as Marc Aldine or Antoine Bouvard. He was a recognised artist of architectural and landscape paintings, however, like his father he became best known for his works of Venetian canals. After studying at Ecole des Beaux Artists he became very influenced by his father and they worked together for many years from 1935 to 1950. Like his father, he often went to Venice to prepare his sketches and drafts from which he was able to create the flowing landscapes and harmonious arrangements, which made his paintings highly sought after in France as well as the UK. Bouvard places the scene carefully on the canvas with surrounding buildings reflecting in the water, and portrays the heat of the sun in its reflection against the stone surfaces. More on Bouvard Noel George

Hermann Dudley Murphy, (1867-1945)
Rio del Paradiso, Venice, Italy, Circa 1908
Oil on canvas 
27 x 20 ¼ inches 
Frame Size: 35 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches 
Private Collection

Murphy first visited Venice while studying abroad in the 1890s and returned again in 1908 on an extended stay with his family, during which Rio del Paradiso was mostly likely painted. 

Rio del Paradiso captures the historic Ponte Borgoloco spanning the canal (also known as the Rio del Pestrin) in the eastern Castello district of Venice. That the view and surrounding palazzos remain much the same today is a testament to the enduring beauty of the Floating City, and supports Murphy’s own assertion that “People go to Paris to study and to Venice to paint.” Boston Herald, November 1908. More on Rio del Paradiso

Hermann Dudley Murphy  (1867   1945) was a major figure in the Boston School style of painting and also as a painter in the Tonalist style emanating from Barbizon, France, Hermann Murphy did a variety of subject matter beginning with portraits and figure studies and later painting still lifes, seascapes and landscapes.  He was especially noted for his floral still lifes.

Murphy was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts and became a student of Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson at the Boston Museum School.  In 1891, he traveled to Paris and enrolled at the Academy Julian as a student of Jean Paul Laurens.  In painting and also in designing and making of frames, he was the most influenced by James Whistler, whom he met in Europe. More on Hermann Dudley Murphy

William Logsdail, (British, 1859-1944)
Piazza San Marco, Venice 
Oil on canvas
44 x 54.5cm (17 5/16 x 21 7/16in).
Private Collection

Piazza San Marco or St. Mark’s Square is the main public square in Venice.  The Piazza is located in front of the great Byzantine church known as Basilica di San Marco. This Piazza is surrounded by shops, caffè’s and palazzi on three sides. According to local legend Napoleon called the Piazza San Marco “the drawing room of Europe.” More on Piazza San Marco

William Logsdail (25 May 1859 – 3 September 1944) was a prolific English landscape, portrait, and genre painter. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Grosvenor Gallery, the New Gallery (London), and others. He is notable for his realistic London and Venice scenes and his plein air style.

In the autumn of 1880, Logsdail visited Venice where he was to remain, with occasional visits to England, the Balkans, Egypt and the Middle East, until 1900. During this early period in his career, he gravitated towards architectural and subject paintings. 

He also painted some sixty-nine small paintings for the Fine Art Society on the subject of the French and Italian Riviera. In 1893, Logsdail was awarded a medal for oil painting at the World's Columbian Exposition (also known as the Chicago World's Fair).

After spending two years in Taormina and Sicily, he and his family returned to England, settling in West Kensington, London. This marked the beginning of a period of portrait painting for Logsdail, who was offered so many commissions that he was able to pick and choose his sitter at will.

In 1912, he was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. As his career progressed, he turned to flower studies. More on William Logsdail

Thomas Bush Hardy
The Grand Canal, Venice
43 x 68.5 cm
Private Collection

The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. Public transport is provided by water buses and private water taxis, and many tourists explore the canal by gondola.

One end of the canal leads into the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into Saint Mark Basin; in between, it makes a large reverse-S shape through the central districts of Venice. More Grand Canal

Thomas Bush Hardy (1842, Sheffield – 1897, Maida Vale, London) was a British marine painter and watercolourist. As a young man he travelled in the Netherlands and Italy. In 1884 Hardy was elected a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists. He exhibited with the Society and also at the Royal Academy.
His paintings feature coastal scenes in England and the Netherlands, the French Channel ports and the Venetian Lagoon.
Hardy had nine children. His son Dudley Hardy was a painter, illustrator and poster designer. His daughter Dorothy received an MBE after working as a nurse in the First World War. He died on 15 December 1897 in Maida Vale, London. More on Thomas Bush Hardy

Clelia Bompiani-Battaglia, (Italian, 1847-1927)
Venetian flower sellers
53 x 35.5cm (20 7/8 x 14in)
Private Collection

Clelia Bompiani-Battaglia (5 August 1848, Rome – 23 February 1927, Rome) was an Italian painter. She was a pupil of her father, Roberto Bompiani, and of the professors in the Accademia di San Luca. The following paintings in watercolor established her reputation as an artist: Confidential Communication ( (1885); the Fortune-Teller (1887); A Public Copyist (1888); and The Wooing (1888). Along with Alceste Campriani, Ada Negri, Juana Romani, and Erminia de Sanctis, Bompiani is named as one of Italy's best modern painters. More on Clelia Bompiani-Battaglia

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