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  • Eugene von Blaas
    Jul 24, 1843 - Feb 10, 1932
  • A Young Beauty 1908 - Eugene von Blaas became a late 19th, early 20th century figure and genre painter in the style of Academic Classicism. He was most associated with Venetian subjects especially voluptuous female water carriers. Many of his scenes, painted either in oil or watercolor, suggest male and female flirtation between fisher folk as they go about their daily business. The artist often used his wife, Paola Prina, as a model.
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  • 1908
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    66.6 x 54.3 cm. (26.2 x 21.4 in.)

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Other paintings by Eugene von Blaas:

The Appointment
The Appointment
Gebirgstal (Mountain Valley)
Gebirgstal (Mountain Valley)
Sitzende junge Venezianerin (Sitting Young Venetian)
Sitzende junge Venezianerin (Sitting Young Venetian)
A Head of a Girl
A Head of a Girl
Eugene von BlaasEugene von Blaas was born July 24, 1843 at Albano, near Rome, to Austrian parents. His career was enriched by a talented and artistic family. His father, Karl (1815-1894), was one of the most notable portrait painters of Roman society, a successful history, portrait and fresco painter of the late Biedermeier period. He became teacher to Eugene and his brother Julius (b.1845), an artist in his own right who specialized in animal and military scenes. Karl eventually took a position as a professor at the Academies in Vienna and Venice, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was in Venice that Eugene von Blaas established himself as the leading painter of Venetian genre. Venice had been an essential stop on the Grand Tour since the early eighteenth century. Past visitors had returned home with views and portraits and the late-nineteenth century visitor wanted more. The affluent Venetian visitor wanted human interest, a sense of life by the canals and campos of the city, and as a result a school of artists developed to supply this market. Native Italian artists like Antonio Paolettu, Antonio Rotta and von Blaas, as well as Englishmen such as Luke Fildes and William Logsdail depicted the lives of Venetian fisher folk, gondoliers and Venetian beauties.

Between 1875 and 1891 von Blaas exhibited twelve works at the Royal Academy in London. By 1885 the London art dealer Arthur Tooth and Son represented von Blaas for a short time before he moved to the rival dealer T. MacLean in 1886.

Works by Eugene von Blaas can be found in many public and private collections throughout the world, most notably in institutions in Melbourne, Sydney, Vienna, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.