Eugene de Blaas

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    Eugene De Blaas

     Eugene De Blaas was an Italian painter who belonged to the school of Academic Classicism. Eugene established himself as the prime painter of the Venetian category in Venice. Inspired by the busy and crowded streets of Venice, he found his exclusive style early on. Many of his distinctly colorful pictures depict scenes from the everyday life of late 19th-century Venetians. The main center of attention of his many portraits is often on young women and girls.

    Early Life

    Eugene De Blaas was born on 24 July 1843 in Italy. Eugene's artistic work was highly influenced by his father, Carl Von Blass, a history painter, portraitist, and fresco painter. Together with his brother Julius, the young artist spent his studentship years getting trained by his father. He studied at the academies of Venice and Rome and later became the professor at the Accademia.

    Eugene De Blaas Works

    Eugene's art was well accepted in England, allowing him to exhibit consistently at the Grafton Gallery, the Royal Academy, and the New Gallery between 1875 and 1892. The most frequently handled subjects in Eugene art are Venetian washerwomen, street vendors, and seamstresses striking in their young-looking and unornamented beauty. 

    He depicts them with Pictorial Pragmatism and a high finish. Eugene typically found inspiration from ordinary folk's everyday lives. His art mirrored the affection and empathy he felt for them. He also portrays his adoration for wonders over the Italian roads, particularly the Venetian lifestyle and mood and the romantic urban appearance of this city.

    One such painting of Eugene's wife, Paola Prina, is often depicted in his works. The titles of his paintings The Love LetterStolen KissThe Suitor, with his highly polished technique, the representation of embellishing lacework, red-brown hair, and a flirtatious glance, ensured that his paintings were of universal appeal.

    Lastly, Eugene also participated in many international exhibitions in cities that included Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, and Paris. Dorotheum has achieved top prices for Eugen's work at numerous auctions. Eugene's unique works are found in Bournemouth, Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield, Vienna, Melbourne and Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales.


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