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Emilio Sánchez Perrier

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  • Emilio Sánchez Perrier
  • At the mouth of the Grand Canal, Santa Maria della Salute in the distance

  • signed E. Sanchez Perrier, inscribed and dated Venezia/85 (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 20 5/8 by 33 3/8 in.
  • 52.3 by 84.7 cm

Catalogue Note

The present work was completed during Sanchez-Perrier's 1884-85 stay in Venice.  As correspondence with his family describes, the period was a particularly prolific one for the artist, who was greatly inspired by the legendary "floating city".  As did many late nineteenth century painters of Venice, Sanchez-Perrier chooses the entrance to the Grand Canal as the setting for the present work.  In this painting, however, he refines the usual perspective, placing the viewer slightly to the east of the Riva degli Schiavoni in the vicinity of the Piazza San Marco.  From this vantage point, the famous Santa Maria della Salute is seen from its back, tucked among a row of palazzos, while a group of more humble abodes and utilitarian gondolas rest along the weathered piers of the foreground.

Sanchez-Perrier contrasts the depths of the aqua canal waters and the varying  reflections on its surface-from the pale blue sky to the sun-faded earth tones of the surrounding buildings.  Pigment is applied with short brush strokes in a technique similar to such fellow pre-Impressionist Spanish painters of Venice as Martín Rico y Otega, Antonio Reyna Manescau, José Villegas and Rafael Senet. Yet, among these artists, Sanchez-Perrier stands out for his remarkably fine and delicate handling of paint, particularly evidenced in the construction of his trees, as seen in the present work where spindly branches rise above the verdant bushes that spill over a hidden garden wall. 

The visual splendour, refined technique and timelessness of At the Mouth of the Grand Canal place it among the most accomplished of the artist's compositions and is of the caliber of other examples in his mature oeuvre like Triana  (Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla).