Tom Robertson (British 1850 -1947)
Vessels on the lagoon, Santa Maria della Salute beyond, Venice
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 in. (63.3 x 76.2 cm.)
Signed ‘Tom Robertson’ (lower right)
Tom Robertson studied at the Glasgow School of Art and later in Paris under Benjamin Constant. He travelled extensively and achieved a Gold Medal at the Munich Exhibition, an Honorary Mention at the Paris Salon in 1904 and a Gold Medal in Nantes in 1910.
His impressionistic style was used to great effect to capture the hazy light of landscapes in the the Loire, Venice and Northern Africa. He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1912.
Membership/ Exhibited: R.O.I., R.B.A., Munich Exibition and the Paris Salon.
Works in Public collections: Towner collection, Eastbourne
This is a really well executed view of Venice on the blue lagoon on a very light summery day depicted in subtle, pastel hues. The heat of the day seems to shimmer off the painting and reminds us of Venice of old.