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Artist of the moment…….Felix Ziem

Felix Ziem was a French artist  born in the year 1821 in Buene, Cote D’Or, Burgundy, France. Ziem was a brilliant painter of landscape and marine images. Some of his most renown work was done in Venice, Italy. Ziem is associated with the French Barbizon style of painting.  The landscapes he painted most were of the Venice and the French countryside, in particular the Burgundy region where the artist was raised.

For his collegiate education Felix Ziem studied architecture in Dijon, France.

Ziem worked as an architect before turning to art.

First showed his art at the Paris Salon in 1849. After this he was financially set as an artist.

Like other very successful artists including John Singer Sargent, Ziem was avid art collector and enjoyed helping up and coming or struggling artists by purchasing their work.

In England you might be knighted for your contributions to the art world, in France you are asked to join the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

The artist passed away in 1911 at the age of 90 years old.

In this clip we visit a show in France. Though its in English, I found these picture images to be very high quality. From a distance the gallery show reminded of works by the famous landscape painter, Claude Lorraine.

Price range information: Most works priced between $10,000 and $100,000.

In this clip we view a Venice with wonderful romantic lighting at auction:

Ziem was a remarkable painter of light!  I enjoy his scenes that are painted during dusk with very limited light and interesting silhouette shapes. I really enjoy paintings of Venice and other artists who do a great job at painting it include John Singer Sargent and Thomas Pradzynski.


Artist of the moment…..Martin Rico y Ortega

Martin Rico y Ortega was born in Madrid, Spain in the year 1833. Ortega became known for his wonderful scenes of Venice.

During the beginning of his career Spain was a political hotbed and the artist actually was more popular outside of his native land than he was in Spain. He gained fame and criticism first in Paris, France and then Venice.

At an early age he learned to draw from his brother who was an accomplished etcher. Ortega went on to attend the Escuela des Belles Artes in Madrid, Spain for his collegiate studies. It was here he learned to paint the landscapes he became famous for. Here a main mentor was Genaro Perez  Villaamil. Below is a great example of his style. He was great at capturing movement alongside bodies of water. Perfect for learning to paint Venice!



In 1860 Ortega earned a scholarship to study abroad in Paris. An influence he met here was the French painter Daubigny. In France Ortega was very fond of Barbizon school, and Daubigny was very important figure in this movement. Here we have a great example of the Barbizon school, in many ways similar in composition with the landscape and figures to the Hudson River School. The most important thing to remember about the Barbizon school was that the movement emphasized painting from life.




Ortega first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1864.

Ortega passed away in 1908 at the age of 74. He was living in Venice at the time.

In this clip we see a montage of works by Martin Rico Y Ortega.

Price range information:  Ortega was prolific in both watercolour and oils. Oils range in price from $1,000 to $420,000. Watercolours range in price from $5,000 to $10,000.

Other great painters of Venice that I enjoy viewing are of course the master John Singer Sargent. Below is a prime example of Sargent view of Venice. What wonderful colour and composition.




Another wonderful painter of Venice was the late painter Thomas Pradzynski. This artist was well known and loved for landscapes of Paris and Venice done in acrylics. Below is a great example of his work with Venice. He passed away in 2007.





One more great artist did a wonderful series titled Venice in Peril to help raise funds to keep this great city going, Chuck Larivey. I love the way this artist uses light to set a great mood. Very soft edges and muted color. Below a prime example of his series on Venice.



If you have a moment check out Mr. Larivey’s webpage archive and take a browse at some sold works. What a great play of light! I need to get to Venice in order to paint!



Try painting Venice today!