Filippo De Pisis, an Italian poet and painter of the 20th century, established himself with a pictorial style characterized by light and spaced brushstrokes. He became friends with the Italian artist Giorgio Chirico, one of the founding fathers of the metaphysical painting movement. Despite his interest in this innovative movement, De Pisis remained an autonomous artist detached from any artistic movement. Throughout his career, he focused on subjects such as marine and urban scenes.
Although he settled in Paris from 1925 until 1939, De Pisis still made trips to his native country, particularly to Venice, which he visited for the first time in 1924 and where he stayed for a longer period from 1943 to 1949. De Pisis had a special relationship with the city, which deeply influenced his artistic work.
The city of Venice inspired De Pisis through its canals, palaces, and churches. He was fascinated by the unique light of the city and the reflections on the water. In his works, he often depicted the canals, bridges, and narrow streets, using a palette of vibrant colors to capture the atmosphere of the city. During his walks in the city of the Doges, the artist was inspired by the poetic atmosphere of the old Venetian docks, which is the subject of our painting dating back to 1931.