Charles Eugène Cousin (active in the first half of the 20th century)
"Gondolas and sailboats in front of the Doge's Palace", circa 1920
Oil on canvas signed lower right
Dimensions: H. 50 x W. 100 cm / H. 68 x W. 118 cm with frame
If we know Charles Eugène Cousin's work well, we know almost nothing about his life and his training. It seems certain that he received a classical training, in view of the quality of his drawing, his compositions and his pictorial technique. Born in the 19th century, he is carried by impressionism, a movement to which he will remain faithful until the end.
Charles Cousin, will follow in the footsteps of Felix Ziem (1821-1911), the best known of the Venetian painters of the 19th century, who will inspire many painters towards a new vision of the Venetian lagoon.
This important work with its exceptional format demonstrates the impressionist dimension of Charles Cousin. Particularly in the work of water and reflections, the transparencies are rendered by small light touches. It is a very beautiful composition where the Palace of the Doges, an often frozen image, passes in the background of a multitude of ships in bright and luminous colors. Charles Cousin left here a great place for water which, with the floating sails and the mooving gondolier, gives life to this very beautiful painting.