Joseph Mallord William Turner
Riva degli Schiavone, Venice: Water Fête c.1845

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Riva degli Schiavone, Venice: Water Fête
Date c.1845
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 724 x 1130 mm
frame: 886 x 1287 x 70 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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This is one of a pair of paintings of Venetian festivals which were probably produced in the mid-1840s. This painting is not finished and was not exhibited. Turner may have painted it over another picture, laying his pigment on very thickly in order to obscure the painting underneath. Turner came to prefer using a shallow landscape format for his late Venetian subjects.

February 2010

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