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Festival night, Venice
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Festival night, Venice

Circa 1898-99

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1858-1924)

Gouache, brush (point and flat) on paper (off-white and wove)

Width: 38.2 cm; Height: 27.8 cm;

Inscription
Pencil, verso, Festival Night Venice / ill.

Pencil, verso in different hands, 7 / X63 / No. 30 (partly effaced)
Signed in brush and dark blue gouache, lower right & recto, Prendergast

Acquisition
Cunningham, Charles (in memory of Professor W G Constable); bequest; 1981
D.1981.XX.1

About this work
Its surface illuminated by brightly coloured lanterns, the Grand Canal in Venice is shown here during the night-time celebrations preceding the procession of the Festa del Redentore, an annual feast that celebrates the end of a plague in the sixteenth century. Prendergast was one of a number of American artists who flocked to Italy at the end of the nineteenth century; many of his watercolours reveal the influence of Japanese woodblock prints, apparent here in the stylised patterns of light playing over the dark surface of the water. (Permanent collection label)



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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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