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Title A Venetian Courtship
Original Translation Venitien faisant sa cour
Collection New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Artist Blaas, Eugen von (German artist, 1843-1931)
Date 1891 (dated)
Signed yes
Description The Austrian artist Eugen von Blaas was trained by his painter father Karl and specialised in images of everyday life, and in particular scenes set Venice where he lived. The work depicts a young couple who are flirting and whose shabby dress and surroundings suggest their humble social status. The posed theatricality of the scene, and the choice of subject, suggest operatic inspiration. The attention to detail is typical of late nineteenth-century art. Inscribed with the date 1891, this work was painted midway through the artist's career.
Current Accession Number L.F2.1907.0.0
Former Accession Number 2 A 1907
Inscription front lr 'Eugene de Blaas, 1891'
Subject figure; everyday life; buildings and gardens
Measurements 107.0 x 66.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Messrs Tooth and Sons 1891, £270.
Provenance Acquired from the artist by Messrs Tooth and Sons 1891.
Publications Leicester Museums and Art Gallery: Collection of Paintings, Leicester, 1958, cat. no. 185; Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire Critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays, vol. 2, Paris, 1976, p. 59.

Von Blaas exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1875 and 1891. The present work is not listed among the paintings which he exhibited.

The artist was represented in London by Messrs Tooth and Sons, through whom this painting was purchased for the New Walk Museum in the year it was made.

Rights Owner Leicester City Museums Service
Author Dr Angela Smith



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