Felix Ziem Landscape Art - Venice - Moonlight - 19th Century Watercolour, Gondola's on Lagoon by Félix Ziem
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Félix Ziem
Venice - Moonlight - 19th Century Watercolour, Gondola's on Lagoon by Félix Ziem



A captivating 19th century watercolour on paper. A striking and melodramatic image of moonlight over Venice, this piece is an exceptional example of the artist’s work. In Catalogue Raisonne - Number 1667. Provenance, Comte D'Aquila Félix Ziem's father was a Croat who settled in Bourgogne in 1814, and his mother was from the same region. He studied at the École d'Architecture et des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, which had been founded and was run by the painter Anatole Devosge, a pupil of David. He received a second prize in drawing and architecture in 1839. In 1841, after a long journey on foot, he settled in Nice, where he began to receive commissions from the city's bourgeoisie. From 1842, he travelled in Italy, visiting Rome, before discovering Venice, which became his second home. Between 1845 to 1892 he visited Venice regularly, often for several months in the year; he worked from his boat, which served as his studio as well as his living quarters. Ziem was a complete painter, at ease in portraits, still-lifes, flower painting and genre scenes, of both history and contemporary subjects. Nevertheless, he is most known for his landscapes. His body of work includes numerous watercolours. In his drawings, and especially in his travel journals, while showing his taste by his selection and composition of subjects, he left a precious testament of his times. After Guardi and Canaletto, he affirmed a new vision of Venice, not of the city's celebrated sites such as the Doges' Palace, but rather a systematic study of its changing light over the hours and through the seasons. Beyond Venice and the landscapes of the French regions he visited, he brought back numerous sketches from his travels across Europe, all the way to Russia, Constantinople and the Bosphorus. These included oriental scenes, caravans in profile against the desert, women draped in startling veils on village terraces, and sunsets. His studio in Martigues was transformed into a Moorish structure, complete with a cupola and minaret.


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    Very good condition
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    H 5.5 in. x W 9 in.H 13.97 cm x W 22.86 cm
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    Flackwell Heath, GB
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