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Venice: Night of the Festival of the Redeemer by Henri-Edmond Cross

Venice: Night of the Festival of the Redeemer, 1903

Henri-Edmond Cross

The figure of a young woman sitting at a table, lost in thought, dissolves into the sinuous lines of the indistinct watery setting. Her oversized reflection shimmers behind her, as if visible in a liquid surface. It’s impossible to tell where the solid figure ends and its reflection begins. The artist drew this scene during a 1903 visit to Venice on the night of the annual Festival of the Redeemer, complete with fireworks and artificial lights along the water. You can see the prows of gondolas just past the table, and a further away, more boats plying glittering water.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art