Description A painter of cityscapes, landscapes, Orientalist views, and still lifes in both oil and watercolor, he was exceptionally popular among the aristocracy and middle classes who collected art in the mid-19th century. He holds the honor of being the first living artist whose work was accepted into the Louvre, in 1910. Since then, his contributions to the development of modern art have been eclipsed by members of the canonical avant-garde, and his name has fallen into obscurity. In this view of Venice, the reflections off the water, the filmy atmosphere, the network of masts, and the light gently playing across the surface of the distant architecture demonstrate the artist's concern for the poetics of space.
|2/10/1977||Examination||examined for loan|
|5/21/1979||Examination||examined for exhibition|
|1/01/2002||Treatment||examined for exhibition; cleaned; re-housed; mounted; other|
- French Masterworks on Paper. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
- From Delacroix to Cézanne: French Watercolor Landscapes of the Nineteenth Century. Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park; Speed Art Museum, Louisville; The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor. 1977-1978.
- A Supple Brush: The Flowering of Continental Watercolors. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
- Artists as Travellers. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988.
- Italian Vistas: Selections from the Permanent Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992-1993.
- The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, before 1879, by purchase [from the artist]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signed] Lower left in brown ink: Zeim 1863; [Number] On verso in graphite: 4
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1879
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