Jules Cavaillès Venise la Salute painting

Jules Cavaillès (1901-1977)


Venise la Salute



Oil on paper

72.4 x 57.1 cm


Painted in Venice, Italy circa 1955/1956, this painting shows the characteristic boats, the so-called gondolas, of Venice. In the background a famous monument of the city, the baroque church of Santa Maria della Salute. Venice in the 1950s was a fascinating time for the city, marked by a unique blend of cultural, artistic, and social influences. The 1950s marked a period of recovery and reconstruction for many European cities, including Venice. After the damages caused by World War II, efforts were made to restore and preserve the city's historic architecture and cultural heritage. Venice has long been a hub for artists, and the 1950s were no exception. The city continued to attract painters, writers, and musicians who sought inspiration from its romantic canals, historic buildings, and unique atmosphere. The Venetian art scene contributed to the international artistic dialogue of the time. Venice's rich history and architectural marvels continued to be a source of fascination. Landmarks like St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and the Rialto Bridge drew visitors and served as reminders of the city's storied past. The city's cafes and squares remained popular gathering spots for locals and visitors alike. Piazza San Marco, for instance, continued to be a central hub for social interactions and events. Overall, the 1950s in Venice were a blend of tradition and modernity, where the city's timeless beauty continued to captivate visitors and artists while adapting to the changing times.


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