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The Grand Canal, Venice

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Thomas Moran, The Grand Canal, Venice, 1899, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Givens Bequest, public domain, 1999.1

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Title

The Grand Canal, Venice

Artist

Thomas Moran (American, born England, 1837-1926)

Date

1899

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

20 in x 30 in

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Givens Bequest

Accession Number

1999.1

Copyright

public domain

Terms

boats

canals

canvas

cityscapes

marines

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Related Places

Depicts: Venezia

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Anne K. Millis Galleries

Description

Thomas Moran was born in England but immigrated to America in his youth. He was trained as an illustrator and engraver and began painting in watercolor and oil paints by the late 1850s. Although best known for his paintings of Western vistas such as Yellowstone and Wyoming's Green River, the beauty of Venice also captivated Moran. Over the course of his long career, he depicted the Italian city more than any other locale.

Like many artists of his time, Moran was steeped in the romance and literature of Venice, which he first visited in 1886, inspired by J.M.W. Turner's colorful views of the city. During his six-week sojourn there, Moran executed numerous sketches that would later serve as the basis for his many large canvases and finished watercolors. The Grand Canal, Venice conveys the exotic splendors of the city’s architecture. With its rich colors and atmospheric effects of light, the painting is perhaps more of an emotional exploration for the artist than a geographic depiction.

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