FRITS THAULOW (1847–1906)
Under the Rialto Bridge of Venice, 1885
Oil on canvas, 25 x 34 in.
Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower right): Frits Thaulow Venezia 85
RECORDED: Aftenposten, October 27, 1885 // Dagbladet, November 1, 1885 // Morgenbladet, November 19, 1885 // Nyt Tidskrift, 1885, pp. 575. 590
EXHIBITED: Oslo, Norway, 1885, Autumn Exhibition, no. 126 // Bergen, Norway, 1886, Autumn Exhibition, no. 145 // Bergen, Norway, 1888, Jubilee Exhibition of the Art Association of Bergen // Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, Frits Thaulow, 1985, pp. 24 no. 5, 25 illus. in color
EX COLL.: sale, Sotheby’s, London, June 18, 1985, no. 94; to [Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York]; to private collection, 1988 until the present
Under the Rialto Bridge of Venice depicts the daytime activity along Venice’s Grand Canal. It is a closed, shadowy, quiet study of the canal itself, akin to the paintings of Venice by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). In the foreground is a gondolier with his agricultural wares transacting business with a woman, while seen through the arch of the bridge in the distance is a busily populated walkway. Thaulow loved to reproduce the shimmering effects of light reflecting off the surface of water, which he employs here beautifully in his characteristic plein-air style. Thaulow faithfully captures the mood and setting of Venice on a bright, sun-drenched day. Rather than a delight in the spectacle of the touristy side of the city of Venice and its many human and architectural attractions, Under the Rialto Bridge of Venice focuses on the humble, quotidian economy of the city.