Arthur STREETON, La Salute, from Riva Schiavoni Enlarge 1 /1


Duneed, Victoria, Australia 1867 – Olinda, Victoria, Australia 1943

  • England 1897-1906, 1907-24

La Salute, from Riva Schiavoni [View of Venice] c.1908 Place made: Venice, Veneto, Venezia province, Italy
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: signed lower left in oil, 'A. STREETON'. not dated.
Dimensions: 28.2 h x 38.4 w cm framed (overall) 525 h x 625 w x 50 d mm
Cat Raisonné: Eagle(1994),p147
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1959
Accession No: NGA 59.232

Arthur Streeton and his wife honeymooned in Venice in May of 1908. Inspired by the bold Mediterranean light, he returned again in October. This glistening emerald image was painted with quick, light brush strokes from a position on the Bridge of Sighs, looking across the Grand Canal to the Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute.

Streeton had battled to break into the British art scene but by 1908, after a brief trip home and highly successful exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, was painting with renewed enthusiasm. He established a niche for himself in London with paintings of European and Australian subjects, sending some pictures back to Australia.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013