Giudecca by John Singer Sargent
Giudecca by John Singer Sargent

Giudecca, 1913

John Singer Sargent

A wide-bodied barge is tied up at a warehouse-like building with a simple wooden bridge in the background. The boats, buildings, bridge, and sky are all reflected in the gently rippled surface of this Venetian canal. A British poet described the canal this way: “There is…a constant sense of the sea…fishermen lounging on the quay…fishing boats moored on the side canals…nets drying on the land…crab-pots hanging half out of the water.” The buildings on both sides frame the composition, which combines loose brushwork and pools of color to create an enchanting portrait of a place.

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