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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;

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 (source, method, date)
Cunningham, Charles (in memory of Professor W G Constable); bequest; 1981

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)

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

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