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 Eugene von Blaas  (1843 - 1932)

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An Italian painter born to Austrian parents, Eugene von Blaas, also known as Eugene de Blaas, became a late 19th, early 20th century figure and genre painter in the style of Academic Classicism.  He was most associated with Venetian subjects especially voluptuous female water carriers.  Many of his scenes, painted either in oil or watercolor, suggest male and female flirtation between fisher folk as they go about their daily business.  The artist often used his wife, Paola Prina, as a model.

He was born in Albino, near Rome and moved to Venice as a young man with his family because his father, Karl von Blaas (1815-1894), a history and fresco painter, became Professor at the Art Academy.  Eugene studied with his father but chose different subject matter.  He also studied at the Academy in Venice and the Academy of Rome.

Eugene von Blaas had extensive exposure to his work through exhibitions including the Esposizione Nationale exhibitions in Venice and the Jubilaums Austellungs in Vienna and Municht.  In London, his paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy, the New Gallery and the Grafton Gallery.

Eugene von Blaas died in Venice in 1932.


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Eugene Von Blaas specialized in figure paintings. His favourite motif was the daily life of the Venetian folk.  He rendered the details of their picturesque costumes and dwellings with tremendous sympathy, precise technique and vibrant colours.  

He was the son and student of Karl Von Blaas (1815-1894), a leading Austrian historical and fresco painter of the late Biedermeier period.  Karl had another son, Julius, who was also a painter of animal and military subjects.

Eugene Von Blaas had an international exhibiting career.  He was a regular exhibitor to the Esposizione Nationale exhibitions in Venice and the Jubilaums Austellungs held in Vienna and Munich.  He also showed his paintings at the Royal Academy, the Grafton Gallery and the New Gallery in London between 1875 and 1892.

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Eugene de Blaas was born July 24, 1843 at Albano, near Rome, to Austrian parents. His career was enriched by a talented and artistic family.  His father, Karl (1815-1894), was one of the most notable portrait painters of Roman society, a successful history, portrait and fresco painter of the late Biedermeier period.  He became teacher to Eugene and his brother Julius (b.1845), an artist in his own right who specialized in animal and military scenes.  Karl eventually took a position as a professor at the Academies in Vienna and Venice, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

It was in Venice that Eugene de Blaas established himself as the leading painter of Venetian genre.  Venice had been an essential stop on the Grand Tour since the early eighteenth century.  Past visitors had returned home with views and portraits and the late-nineteenth century visitor wanted more.  The affluent Venetian visitor wanted human interest, a sense of life by the canals and campos of the city, and as a result a school of artists developed to supply this market.  Native Italian artists like Antonio Paolettu, Antonio Rotta and de Blaas, as well as Englishmen such as Luke Fildes and William Logsdail depicted the lives of Venetian fisher folk, gondoliers and Venetian beauties.

Between 1875 and 1891 de Blaas exhibited twelve works at the Royal Academy in London.  By 1885 the London art dealer Arthur Tooth & Son represented de Blaas for a short time before he moved to the rival dealer T. MacLean in 1886.

Works by Eugene de Blaas can be found in many public and private collections throughout the world, most notably in institutions in Melbourne, Sydney, Vienna, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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