Carlo Grubacs - Sunny Afternoon at Punta della Dogana
Attributed to Carlo Grubacs (1810-1870) Italy
Sunny Afternoon at Punta della Dogana
gouache on paper unframed 3.3 x 4.8 inches (8.4 x 12.3 cm) framed 9.4 x 10 inches (24 x 25,5 cm)
Essay: We are delighted to present a petite yet striking gouache on paper by the renowned Italian artist, Carlo Grubacs (1810-1870). Measuring a mere 8.4 x 12.3 cm, this artwork, despite its size, captures the vibrant essence of Venice in a way that few can.
The scene, believed to be of Punta della Dogana, offers a breathtaking view towards the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore. Set on a sunlit afternoon, the painting's hues are rich and vivid, with a bright blue sky lightly adorned by serene clouds, hinting at the calm that this city often enjoys amidst its bustling canals.
Here is the same view today.
One can't help but be drawn into the daily life of Venice as depicted in the painting. Approximately 12 boats dot the waterways, some stationary while others seem to glide effortlessly. These vessels, along with the roughly 20 figures attending to their daily tasks, provide a snapshot into the life and times of a city that never truly stands still.
Carlo Grubacs, the artist to whom this work is most likely attributed, was a master at capturing the ethereal beauty of Venice. Born in the early 19th century, Grubacs was particularly known for his detailed cityscapes and had an unparalleled ability to render the life and vibrancy of Venice onto his canvases. His use of color, precision, and perspective earned him a respected place in the annals of art history.
This particular gouache, with its meticulous details and vibrant colors, is a testament to Grubacs' unparalleled skill and his deep love for Venice. A piece like this is not just a painting; it's a window into another time, a glimpse of history, and a journey to the heart of a city beloved by many.
Provenance: An important private collection, Sweden.
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