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Eugen von Blaas
AUSTRIAN
A MOMENT OF REST
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PROPERTY FROM A SOUTH AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Eugen von Blaas
AUSTRIAN
A MOMENT OF REST
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Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings

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Eugen von Blaas
1843-1931
AUSTRIAN
A MOMENT OF REST
signed and dated Eug Blaas. 1872 lower right
oil on canvas
142.5 by 86cm., 56 by 34in.
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Provenance

Purchased in Buenos Aires circa 1960; thence by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

A Moment of Rest is a typical example by von Blaas of Venetian women captured in an everyday setting, providing the viewer with an intimate perspective of the city's colourful customs and costumes. Indeed, Blaas made his name for himself with such idealised portrayals of humble working girls - fruit sellers, water carriers, seamstresses or, as in this case, laundresses - elevating them from the reality of their surroundings into a realm of grace and beauty.

As a critic mockingly pointed out in his review of the 1887 Esposizione Nazionale: 'What disbelief when it was announced that Mr de Blaas's entry depicted a laundress! A laundress? Are you pulling our leg, Mr de Blaas? A laundress, this beautiful donnina, so fresh and clean? And in such a charming pose? Is she not a lady, disguised as a laundress? She is definitely not a genuine washerwoman!' (in Premiato Stabilimento tipo-litografico dell'Emporio, 1887, p. 203).

19th Century European Paintings

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