Title: Steamers and Gondolas
Etching on wove paper
Dimensions: Image: 7 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches (19.4 x 21 cm);
Sheet: 9 1/4 x 13 inches (23.5 x 33 cm)
Bequest of William P. Chapman, Jr., Class of 1895
Blum was another one of Duveneck’s boys visiting overlapping with Whistler’s time in Venice. Like Whistler he was enamored of Japanese art and with his encouragement he applied Japanese principles in an increasingly sophisticated and subtle manner. In an 1881 review of Blum’s work in The Critic, it was noted that he catches the effects in the lightest, most evanescent way. The bathing Venetian gamins are placed in the water with as few touches as a Japanese artist might use...” Blum eventually fulfilled a long held dream and went to Japan in 1889, an experience he fully embraced. (“The Touch of the Butterfly: Whistler and His Influence," curated by Nancy E. Green and presented at the Johnson Museum August 4-December 16, 2018)
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