Musicians, Venice by Sidney Mackenzie Litten

Musicians, Venice by Sidney Mackenzie Litten

Musicians, Venice

Sidney Mackenzie Litten

Title

Musicians, Venice

 
Artist
Year
c. 1928  
Technique
etching and drypoint 
Image Size
11 x 14 3/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
XXVII (27/80) 
Annotations
in pencil, titled and numbered, and "Impression 80 DL 269 Original Etching 42", recto 
Reference
 
Paper
light green wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20974 
Price
SOLD
Description

Sidney Litton's atmospheric views of Venice owe much to the influence of Whistler. He depicts a canal in Venice at night, a gondola with musicians serenading a second gondola as people stand on the stairs in the background, listening to the concert.

Litton allows the center of the composition to glow with light, some of which is cast from lanterns on the boats, conveying the sense that the viewer is looking through the dark into an intimate moment. His use of a light blue-green paper adds to the mystery.

Andrew Freeth wrote of Litton: "To many friends he seemed a gentle faun. His work was sustained on two levels; one - traditional, sensitive, topographical realism, the other - imaginative and poetic...All his work is deeply sincere, soundly drawn and inspired by a genuine passion for nature and an awareness of the mystery which lies behind the usual world."