Antoine Bouvard, ‘Venetian Backwater’, ca. 1910,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Antoine Bouvard, ‘Venetian Backwater’, ca. 1910,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Antoine Bouvard, ‘Venetian Backwater’, ca. 1910,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Antoine Bouvard, ‘Venetian Backwater’, ca. 1910,  M.S. Rau Antiques

The buildings of Venice are illuminated by the rays of the golden sun in this extraordinary work by French painter Antoine Bouvard. Celebrated for his captivating views of Venetian canals and architecture, Bouvard possessed an undeniable talent for utilizing light and atmospheric effects to portray the grandeur of the legendary “City of Water." In this stunning oil, he captures a charming and serene backwater at dusk, with the sun’s last light setting the buildings ablaze in a flood of rose-gold brilliance.

Bouvard was born at St. Jean-de-Bournay, originally training as an architect at the Ècole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He traveled extensively throughout southern Europe and the Mediterranean, eventually finding his artistic muse in the picturesque city of Venice. It was his art dealer in Paris who gave Bouvard the idea of painting the Venetian landscape, which would eventually become his most successful and sought after subject.

Bouvard enjoyed his first one-man exhibition at Gladwell & Company in 1928, and his works made such an impression that the exhibition’s most prestigious attendee, Queen Mary, purchased two of the artist’s paintings. Today, Bouvard’s picturesque landscapes are highly collectible works among fine art connoisseurs.

Circa 1910

Canvas: 26 1/2” high x 37” wide
Frame: 32 1/2” high x 43” wide

Signature: Signed “Bouvard” (lower right)

About Antoine Bouvard

French , 1870-1956, Saint-Jean-de-Bournay, France