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The wide, horizontal format of this painting draws our attention to the bountiful display of fruit and vegetables in the foreground. The view is from the west, looking across the Giudecca Canal to the Palladian church of San Giorgio Maggiore in the distance. But more than a straightforward topographic view, the picture is ostensibly a genre painting. Venetian scenes depicting the inhabitants of the city along with colourful incidental details became increasingly popular over the course of the 19th century. The artist, George Charles Haité, was largely self-taught, and also worked as a designer of wallpaper, metalwork and glass, and as an illustrator.

Details

  • Title: Venetian fruit stall
  • Creator: George Charles Haité
  • Date Created: 1906
  • Physical Dimensions: 50.5 c 133.5 cm image; 51.0 x 134.5 cm sheet; 80.5 x 165.5 x 9.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: George Charles Haité, Purchased by the AGNSW from the artist 1906. Purchased from the New Zealand International Exhibition 1906-7.
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Purchased 1906
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/1077/
  • Medium: watercolour and bodycolour
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.l., "Geo. C. Haite 1906 [all underlined]".
  • Object Other Titles: A Venetian fruit-stall
  • Artist Country: England

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