Arts Everyday Living: Eternal Venice, Its Palaces and Bridges–from Renoir to Prendergast

Maurice Prendergast, Ponte della Paglia, 1899, oil on canvas, Phillips Collection, Washignton, D.C.

 

Venice has always been a magical city for artists.  Both French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and American Post-Impressionist Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924) utilized color in particular to recreate its monumental buildings and multiple bridges. For instance, Prendergast’s Ponte della Paglia vibrates with rich patterns of stain glass-like tones while Renoir’s Venice (Doge’s Palace) is defined by the luminous light of a sunny day on the lagoon.

 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Venice (Doge’s Palace), 1881, oil on canvas, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

 

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