Joseph Mallord William Turner

Riva degli Schiavone, Venice: Water Fête

c.1845

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 724 x 1130 mm
frame: 886 x 1287 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N04661

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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.

Gallery label, February 2010

Catalogue entry

507. [N04661] Riva degli Schiavone, Venice: Water Fete c. 1845

THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON (4661)

Canvas, 28 3/8 × 44 1/4 (72 × 112·5)

Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (? 138 or 139, 2 each 3'9" × 2'4 1/2"); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1938.

Exh. Paris 1953 (86).

Companion to No. 508 [N04659] and like it similar in style to the rather larger Nos. 505 [N02068] and 506 [N04660].

This picture is so thickly painted that it may have been executed over another composition.

Published in:
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984

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