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Constantinople

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Félix Ziem, Constantinople, 1855, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. William Ehrman, public domain, 78.22

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Title

Constantinople

Artist

Félix Ziem (French, 1821-1911)

Date

1855

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

19 7/8 in x 32 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: Ziem, brushed, lower left

stamp: Tasset & Lhote, Excadrements, 51 Rue Fontaine 51, Paris, Toiles Couleurs Fines., black ink, verso; center left

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. William Ehrman

Accession Number

78.22

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Mary and Pete Mark Gallery

Description

During the 1840s, Ziem traveled widely throughout Europe and in the 1850s, he went to North Africa and Tunisia. He was a prolific painter, best known for his landscapes and views of Venice and Constantinople. He was the first living artist to have works accepted into the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Like many of his contemporaries, Ziem was interested in capturing the fleeting effects of light in different settings and atmospheres. Though he wanted to recreate in detail the landscapes he saw on his travels, he also hoped to transform everyday reality through light, imbuing it with a poetic or dreamlike quality.

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