Campanile of San Giorgio dei Greci, Venice by Carl Rotky

Campanile of San Giorgio dei Greci, Venice by Carl Rotky

Campanile of San Giorgio dei Greci, Venice

Carl Rotky

Title

Campanile of San Giorgio dei Greci, Venice

 
Artist

Carl Rotky

  1891 - 1977 (biography)
Year
c. 1915  
Technique
color linocut 
Image Size
8 x 5 3/8" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
titled in pencil, lower left, "handruck" (hand printed), lower left 
Reference
 
Paper
thin, ivory laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20932 
Price
$300.00 
Description

Styrian artist Carl Rotky had shown an early aptitude for the visual arts but was discouraged from pursuing them by his father, who wanted his son to become a doctor. After completing his studies in medicine at Charles University in Prague, he served as a surgeon in the First World War, and upon its conclusion he was allowed to return home to Graz where he set up a successful medical practice. It wasn’t until he’d earned a comfortable income that he began to seriously pursue art, and before long he was traveling abroad to capture the sights of Europe in oil paintings and color woodcuts - the latter becoming his primary medium.

In this subtly-hued nocturnal image, he’s depicted the Campanile of San Giorgio dei Greci in Venice, a 16th century belfry that sits along the rio dei Greci near the famed Bridge of Sighs. As with many towers in Venice, it leans ever so slightly and has done so since its construction. In Rotky’s image it is no less romantic for its flaws, surrounded as it is by a dusky green sky and offset by the illuminated windows reflected in the waters of the canal.

 
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