Canal Scene, Venice
James Holland (1800-70)
Oil on panel
Labelled with title, artist's name and dated 1836
11 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
The date of 1836 makes this one of Holland’s first essays on Venice, a subject for which he became famous. From this year almost half of his exhibited pictures were of Venice. Trained as a watercolourist, Holland’s glazes in oils were thin, layered and luminous. Few artists have caught the light in the small back alleys of the city, which he preferred to grand vistas, so well as he.
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