Giovanni Grubacs (Venise 1830 - Pola 1919)
Venice, a view of the Doge’s Palace, looking West; Venice, a view of the Grand Canal looking East, with Santa Maria della Salute and the Punta della Dogana
A pair, one signed, lower left: G. Grubacs, one signed, lower right: G. Grubacs
Oil on panel
5¾ x 10 in – 14.4 x 25.4 cm
Private collection, USA
A celebrated Nineteenth century painter of Venetian scenes, Giovanni Grubacs was a highly skilled artist and son of Carlo Grubacs, a well regarded painter of similar subject matter.
Stylistically both Giovanni and Carlo usually painted small panels of extremely fine quality, with meticulous attention to detail and precision. Many of their pieces featured famed Venetian scenes along the Grand Canal, such as the Doges Palace and Rialto Bridge.
Giovanni followed in the great tradition of seventeenth and eighteenth century Venetian artists, heavily influenced by painters such as Francesco Guardi (1712-1793) and Antonio Canal Canaletto (1697-1768).
Grubacs was of German origin but spent most of his life in Italy. He died in Venice in 1919 after a long and fruitful life. His works are still as popular today as they were during his lifetime and can be found in many public and private collections throughout the world.
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Bibliography: A. M. Comanducci “Dictionary of Italian Painters”