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Canal in Venice, San Trovaso Quarter

ca. 1885 Robert Frederick Blum Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1857 Died: New York, New York 1903 oil on canvas 34 x 23 1/8 in. (86.5 x 58.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans 1909.7.7 Not currently on view


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In this piece, Robert Blum positioned the viewer as though he were looking down a narrow Venetian canal from a boat on the water. The view shows the Rio Ogni Santi (River of All Saints), in the San Trovaso Quarter, where Blum lived for a time. He spent many summers and winters in Venice, and his sketches, pastels, and paintings capture the city's bright colors and hodgepodge of buildings. In the center of the waterway a man steers a sandolo, which is a smaller, lighter version of a gondola.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - apartment

Architecture - bridge

Cityscape - Italy - Venice

Cityscape - street - San Trovaso Quarter

Figure(s) in exterior - urban

Waterscape - canal

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Robert Frederick Blum

Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1857 Died: New York, New York 1903

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