Germain Fabius Brest (1832-1900)

Artist Name Germain Fabius Brest (1832-1900)
Title Gondolas in a Venetian Canal
Description This fabulous vibrant French Victorian Venetian landscape oil painting is by noted artist Germain Fabius Brest. It was painted circa 1865 when Brest was painting classical Venetian scenes where great architecture is populated with vibrant figures. In this painting we have gondolas, bridges, people going about life, wonderful architecture and perspective, the play of light and shadows and all with great colouring beneath a vivid blue sky. This painting is a fantastic example of Brest's work and stands out amongst Victorian Venetian landscapes generally.

Signed lower right.
Provenance Christie's London.
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 45 x 30 inches
Frame Housed a gilt swept frame, 51 inches by 36 inches framed and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Germain Fabius Brest (1823-1900). French 19th century Brest was born and died in Marseilles.  Similar to Corot and Delacroix in style, he was a painter of scenes with figures, landscapes and Orientalism. He was a pupil of Emile Loubon in Marseilles then of Troyon in Paris. Brest exhibited in the Paris Salon from 1851-1896. From 1855 he spent four years in Turkey. He rendered the atmosphere of Cafes, street and port scenes with rich detail. His balanced compositions are often dominated by architecture, particularly more classical views of Venice and the midi which he painted mainly between 1860- 1870. His Orientalist paintings are in public collections such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Marseille and Musée des beaux-arts de Béziers. He would often paint capriccios, making locations hard to determine.
Price £60000
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