Maurice Bompard


First quarter of the twentieth century.
Canvas, oil. 65 x 50 cm
Signed bottom right: Maurice Bompard

The format of the painting, as well as the rhythmic vertical lines of the narrow facades of the houses, the high horizon with limited sky clearance, emphasize the depth, the cold abyss of the canal. However, the water element is opposed by the strength and unity of urban development, emphasized by the horizontal lines of bridges, comfortably covered with greenery. Despite the gloominess of the narrow Venetian canal motif, the artist created an extremely colorful landscape. In accordance with the tradition of impressionism, to create a strong decorative effect, he used combinations of “complementary” colors: yellow and blue; orange and turquoise; pink and purple.