Painted in 1890, 'Venice' exemplifies what critics appreciated about his Venetian imagery, that in his hands the city that had inspired artists for centuries could still be captured with distinction. It demonstrates a gradual change in his painting style, blending the academic approach of meticulously transcribing the foreground boat, fishing basket, and marsh greenery, with a freer interpretation of the overcast sky, as he grew more interested in tonal atmospheric effects during his time in the Floating City.
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Walter Launt Palmer was a full Academician at the National Academy of Design, and he counted memberships in many of the art groups of the day, including the Salmagundi Club, the New York Water Color Club, and the American Water Color Society. He also sent work, mostly watercolors, to the annual exhibitions of the Art Institute of Chicago as early as 1888, and took part in several national and international expositions, including the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, and the St. Louis Exposition in 1904, among others, and earned medals at all these events. Today several important institutions have examples of his work among their collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, the Albany Institute of History and Art, and the Memorial Art Gallery at Rochester University.
Private collection, Delmar, New York, until their passing in 2021
By descent in the family to present