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Nocturne, Venice, ca. 1890

Oil on panel
10 × 14 in
25.4 × 35.6 cm
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Private Collection, NY
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William Gedney Bunce
American, 1840–1916
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William Gedney Bunce developed a dazzling gestural expressiveness in his Venetian marine paintings. A veteran of the Civil War, Bunce translated the Old Master bravura paint handling taught in the Munich school to his wildly visionary Venetian skies at sunset. By pursuing a narrow vein of subject matter and often using narrow or long canvases and low horizons to emphasize his oceanic skies, Bunce developed a style that verged on complete abstraction, a merging of means and ends to approximate a mystic vision. Rarely, if ever, does a gondola stray into Bunce’s canvases, which are mostly populated with sail-shapes and punctuated with hard-edged notes to rest the eye or provide visual focus. His free brushwork invokes a painterly language in which the sensations of sight and sound, smell and taste—the very atmosphere of the lagoon—are channeled into the sumptuous texture of his pigment.

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About the work
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Private Collection, NY
Medium
Painting
William Gedney Bunce
American, 1840–1916
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William Gedney Bunce developed a dazzling gestural expressiveness in his Venetian marine paintings. A veteran of the Civil War, Bunce translated the Old Master bravura paint handling taught in the Munich school to his wildly visionary Venetian skies at sunset. By pursuing a narrow vein of subject matter and often using narrow or long canvases and low horizons to emphasize his oceanic skies, Bunce developed a style that verged on complete abstraction, a merging of means and ends to approximate a mystic vision. Rarely, if ever, does a gondola stray into Bunce’s canvases, which are mostly populated with sail-shapes and punctuated with hard-edged notes to rest the eye or provide visual focus. His free brushwork invokes a painterly language in which the sensations of sight and sound, smell and taste—the very atmosphere of the lagoon—are channeled into the sumptuous texture of his pigment.

Nocturne, Venice, ca. 1890

Oil on panel
10 × 14 in
25.4 × 35.6 cm
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