Here is offered antique painting by French landscape artist and great traveler Félix Ziem (26 February 1821 – 10 November 1911), best known for his lucent views of Mediterranean landscapes, mostly of Istanbul and Venice, where the city and the sea are intertwined. This oil on wood painting is one of few variations of "The Grand Canal in Venice".
At work measures 19" x 27" (48.5 x 68.5 cm). Frame - 26" x 34.5" (66 x 87.5 cm).
No noticeable touch-ups or inpainting. Small paint loss, mid up close to the frame, otherwise overall very fine condition.
About Artist - Félix Ziem (26 February 1821 – 10 November 1911)
He was born Félix-Francois Georges Philibert Ziem in Beaune in the Cote-d'Or department of the Burgundy region of France. His mother was a native of Burgundy who had married an immigrant from Croatia (some said Polish). Originally, Ziem planned to be an architect, studied in the École des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, and for a time he worked as an architect. In 1839 he moved to Marseilles, where he received some informal instruction in painting from Adolphe Monticelli.
Painting developed from a hobby into a career following a visit in 1841 to Italy, where he fell in love with the city of Venice, a place that would become the source for many of his works, and to which he returned annually until 1892. Apart from his lucent views of Venetian scenes, he also painted many still lifes, portraits, and landscapes of diverse locations which reflected his travels. Following a year-long trip to the Ottoman Empire and Egypt in 1857-58, he began to include works with an Orientalist theme in his oeuvre. His landscapes included scenes from a variety of locations including Constantinople, Egypt, Martigues, Cagnes-sur-Mer and his native Burgundy. Ziem was a commercially successful artist in his own lifetime.
Félix Ziem holds a unique place in the history of 19th century art. Ziem is not a painter of reality, but of dreams with a tint of romantizm. Instead of simply looking at them, we imagine most of the places in his depictions.
He was the first artist to be admitted to the Louvre in his lifetime!
French Félix Ziem 1821–1911 Grand Canal in Venice oil on board painting
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