Canal in Venice

Maurice Cullen

BIRTH YEAR 1866
BIRTH PLACE St. John's, Newfoundland
DEATH YEAR 1934
DEATH PLACE 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.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATE 1896
DIMENSIONS 71.4cm x 59.1cm x 1.9cm
ACCESSION NUMBER FAC 1585
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
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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