About this artwork

In 1910 Cadell went to Venice. The strong light, reflections off the rippling canals and vivid colours of the Adriatic port keyed up Cadell’s existing impressionistic tendencies to a new pitch. It was in Venice that Cadell became a colourist. This is a view of the famous Venetian church of Santa Maria della Salute, which is situated near the south-eastern end of the Grand Canal, looking west along the Fondamenta Salute. The church, one of the largest in Venice, was built to commemorate Venice’s deliverance from the plague. Cadell’s painting shows the church and foreground in shadow, set against a vivid blue sky. A triangle of bright sunlight can be seen hitting the church steps, not far from the centre of the composition.

Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell

Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell

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