Filippo De Pisis, an Italian poet and painter of the 20th century, established himself with a pictorial style of light and spaced touches. 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 independent artist, detached from any artistic trend.
The subjects of marine and urban scenes occupy an important place throughout his career. Although he lived in Paris from 1925 until 1939, he nevertheless travelled to his native country, particularly to Venice, where he stayed longer from 1943 to 1949.
During his wanderings in the City of the Doges, the artist was inspired by the poetic atmosphere of the old Arsenal of Venice, the subject of our painting dating from 1931.
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