Rubens Santoro, The Grand Canal
Lot 189
Rubens Santoro (Italian, 1859-1942) The Grand Canal, Venice 15 1/4 x 20 1/2in (38.7 x 52cm)
Sold for US$ 42,700 inc. premium
Auction Details
European Paintings New York
21 Apr 2010 13:00 EDT

Auction 17644
Rubens Santoro (Italian, 1859-1942) The Grand Canal, Venice 15 1/4 x 20 1/2in (38.7 x 52cm) Rubens Santoro (Italian, 1859-1942) The Grand Canal, Venice 15 1/4 x 20 1/2in (38.7 x 52cm) Rubens Santoro (Italian, 1859-1942) The Grand Canal, Venice 15 1/4 x 20 1/2in (38.7 x 52cm)
Lot Details
Property of The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sold to benefit the Charles Knox Smith Art Acquisition Fund
(n/a) Rubens Santoro (Italian, 1859-1942)
The Grand Canal, Venice
signed 'Rubens Santoro' (lower left)
oil on canvas
15 1/4 x 20 1/2in (38.7 x 52cm)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Charles Knox Smith, Philadelphia.

    EXHIBITED:
    Williamstown, Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Italian Paintings, 1850 - 1910, from Collections in the Northeastern United States, 30 October - 5 December 1982, no. 67.

    Born in 1859, Rubens Santoro began his artistic education as a student at the Accademia in Naples under the tutelage of Domenico Morelli. Upon completing his studies, the young artist traveled around southern Europe, finding inspiration in Naples, Turin, Venice and Rome. He established a reputation and was particularly well-known for his views of Venice.

    The present depiction of the Grand Canal in Venice is not characteristic of many of the works in the artist's oeuvre. The viewpoint of the artist is from a considerable distance from the Ca d'Oro and the surrounding buildings. The artist has chosen a vantage point from across the Lagoon and the resulting painting is more a study of atmosphere, light and water than his more characteristic architectural portraits of Venice.

    This unique perspective is almost modern in its simplicity and Impressionistic in conception. The juxtaposition of the oranges and blues of the water and the buildings in the distance bring to mind the color theories of Michel Eugène Chevreul which so influenced the Impressionists. The result, in conception if not execution, is a study of light shimmering on water, the reflection of the yellow and pink stone so characteristic of Venice in water, and the clear tones of a cloudless sky.


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