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Canal in Venice [Canal à Venise]

Maurice Cullen

Date de naissance 1866
Lieu de naissance St. John's, Newfoundland
Date du décès 1934
Lieu du décès Chambly, Quebec

Can you see the boats moored along the canal and their moonlit reflections in the water? With quick brushstrokes and a dark palette, Maurice Cullen transports us to a quiet nighttime scene in late 19th century Venice. Often noted as the first Canadian Impressionist painter, Cullen grew up in Montreal and later studied and worked in Paris. Returning to Canada in 1895, he applied his Impressionist techniques to the Quebec landscape, and began to darken his palette, showing a preference for depicting scenes at dusk. Cullen also continued to spend time in Europe, and in the summer of 1896, he traveled to Venice, Italy, where he sketched the subject matter for this work.

Technique Huile sur toile
DATE 1896
DIMENSIONS 71.4cm x 59.1cm x 1.9cm
Numéro d'acquisition FAC 1585
Détails Collection Firestone d’art canadien, Galerie d’art d’Ottawa Don de la Fondation du patrimoine ontarien à la ville d’Ottawa
Description du catalogue
A sombre painting of a canal at night. The reflective canal water is in the foreground, with boats docked in the midground. Lining the canal on the right, and in the background are pale coloured buildings with chimneys and darkened windows.

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