Federico del Campo
- Federico del Campo
- The Doge's Palace and the Grand Canal, Venice
- signed and dated F. del Campo / Venecia 1899 lower right
- oil on canvas
- 36 by 60cm., 14 by 23½in.
MacConnal-Mason ltd, London (purchased at the above sale)
Acquired by the mother of the present owner in the US, circa the 1980s; thence by descent
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The elegance of the subject and its technique are telling of their times, reflective of sophisticated belle époque taste during the 1880s and 1890s, and of the increased demand for souvenir views by a newly mobile bourgeoisie. Indeed, so much were Del Campo's views in demand, that he painted the present view several times, it becoming his signature composition.
The young del Campo was lured to Italy not only by its picturesqueness but by the hope of launching a successful and lucrative career. In moving to Venice in the late 1880s, he joined an already large community of emigré artists, among them Antoinetta Brandeis and the Spanish colony of painters who included Rafael Senet, Mariano Fortuny, and Martin Rico, all of whom found a ready international market for their views of the city. Many, del Campo included, made such big names for themselves through this genre that they painted nothing but Italian views.