With its beauty, color, and magnificent artistic heritage, Venice has charmed and captivated artists for centuries. James McNeill Whistler, writing to his sister-in-law in 1880, thought the city “intoxicating.” American painter Thomas Moran traveled to this storied city on the lagoon, first in 1886 and again in 1890, executing numerous sketches that inspired the large canvases and finished watercolors he produced in his studio when he returned home. Although best known for his images of the American West, Moran would depict Venice many times over the course of his career.
Moran’s work was greatly influenced by the British landscapist J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851). Turner’s romantic and dramatic style, with its shimmering color and atmospheric light, is very much evident in Moran’s A View of Venice (1891) and Venice from the Tower of San Giorgio (1900).
Published with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.Contains five each of the following two notecards: A View of Venice, 1891, and Venice from the Tower of San Giorgio, 1900 by Thomas Moran. Click on the small picture to see the cards.