Venice in the RainArtist:
, British, born 1927
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Frame: 1424 x 1170 x 54mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.3145
This view of Venice shows the Palazzo Dario in the centre, a building that was revered by artist and critic John Ruskin and painted by artists including Claude Monet. Perhaps unexpectedly, Greaves has chosen to show this picturesque city on a rainy day, his colour palette is muted and the overall impression is rather sombre.
In 1952 Derrick Greaves had received a travelling scholarship to Italy. During this time he came into contact with Italian Realist painters, who explored similar ideas and subjects to Greaves.
'Two years in Italy… Another revelation! I felt immediately at home and relaxed there.'