Although born in Cincinnati, Elizabeth Nourse moved in 1887 to France, where she spent her long and prolific career as an expatriate painter.

In 1890 Nourse traveled to Italy for an extended stay visiting Grottaferrata, Tivoli, Venice, Florence, and Rome. This ethereal watercolor with Saint Mark’s in the background shows Nourse working out of doors, not just a studio painter of mothers and children, the work for which she is best known.


  • Title: Venice
  • Creator: Elizabeth Nourse (American, b.1859, d.1938)
  • Date Created: 1891
  • Location Created: Venice, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: image 12 1/2 x 18 3/8 in. (31.8 x 46.7 cm) on sheet 13 1/2 x 19 1/16 in. (34.3 x 48.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Museum Purchase with funds provided by Mary R. Naish in memory of Paul W. Naish
  • Type: Drawing
  • Medium: watercolor over traces of pencil
  • Accession Number: 2001.74

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