In this large canvas, Bernard combines an almost life-size representation of Venetians in the foreground, with the evocation of the City of the Doges in the background. The airy elegance of the Veronese colors of the women and children dressed in bright colors circulating on the bridgea. The architectural background is almost monochromatic, a kind of silvery blue. The children balance the sculptural silhouettes of the Venetians: a boy gracefully abandons himself to a gentle reverie while a little girl, near the right edge of the painting, seems completely absorbed in the contemplation of her doll. More on this painting
15 Works, October 3rd. is Luke Fildes’ day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #215
Sir Samuel Luke Fildes KCVO RA (3 October 1843 — 28 February 1927) was a British painter and illustrator born in Liverpool and trained at the South Kensington and Royal Academy Schools. He was the grandson of the political activist Mary Fildes…
Emile BERNARD, Two Venetians on the Salute Bridge 01 Painting of the Canals of Venice by the artists of their time, with foot notes. #74
Santa Maria della Salute (English: Saint Mary of Health), commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city of Venice, Italy.
It stands on the narrow finger of Punta della Dogana, between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal, at the Bacino di San Marco, making the church visible when entering the Piazza San Marco from the water. The Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is the most recent of the so-called plague churches.
In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city’s deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the then fashionable baroque style by Baldassare Longhena. Construction began in 1631. Most of the objects of art housed in the church bear references to the Black Death.
The dome of the Salute was an important addition to the Venice skyline and soon became emblematic of the city, inspiring artists like Canaletto, J. M. W. Turner, John Singer Sargent, and the Venetian artist Francesco Guardi. More on Santa Maria della Salute
Émile Henri Bernard (28 April 1868 – 16 April 1941) was a French Post-Impressionist painter and writer, who had artistic friendships with Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Eugène Boch, and at a later time, Paul Cézanne. Most of his notable work was accomplished at a young age, in the years 1886 through 1897. He is also associated with Cloisonnism and Synthetism, two late 19th-century art movements. Less known is Bernard’s literary work, comprising plays, poetry, and art criticism as well as art historical statements that contain first hand information on the crucial period of modern art to which Bernard had contributed. More on Émile Henri Bernard
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