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Eugène de Blaas, 1843-1931

Nationality: German
Date of Birth: 1843.07.24
Place of Birth: Albano nr. Rome
Date of Death: 1931
Place of Death:

Identity:

Eugène de Blaas was an artist.

Life:

De Blaas, a figure painter, was active in exhibiting between 1882 and 1907. He showed at the Royal Academy, Fine Arts Society, New Gallery and Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery in London, and also at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

De Blaas lived in Venice, where he was a professor at the Accademia, and it was there that he met JW in 1880. De Blaas' colourful and rather theatrical period images of Venetian society, e.g. On the Balcony (1877; Private Collection), were quite different to JW's delicate pastels and etchings of the courtyards, balconys and canals of modern Venice, although at times JW did show a similar concern for anecdotal detail.

Bibliography:

Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908; Bénézit, E., Dictionaire critique et documentaire des peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Paris, 1960; Johnson, J., and A. Greutzner, The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980; MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, London, 2001.