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Venice 2014

Another Foreigner in Venice

St. Mark's Square, Venice

A Gondola on the Grand Canal, Venice

A comparison of significance can be carried out when also looking at the Venetian depictions by Pierre- Auguste Renoir. It is most meaningful to look at another artist who like Whistler was not of Venetian or Italian decent. Renoir’s stint in the city and his approach to depicting what he viewed was different than that of Whistler’s. James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s life and the artistic approach he chose makes him stand out. Whistler’s time in Venice has already been established as a remarkable growing experience for him. Renoir who was born slightly later than Whistler was a native of France. Similar to Whistler, Renoir studied art in Paris, France. Pierre- Auguste Renoir who was equally celebrated, journeyed to Venezia shortly after Whistler traveled to Italy. Renoir was a true member of the Impressionistic Art Movement. Though Renoir's artwork is remarkable,he focused solely on the field of oil painting. Renoir chose to capture with paintbrush more touristic destinations. In addition, Renoir laid his paint down quickly as opposed to Whistler’s more thoughtful application.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1881 Gondola on The Canal Grande (Fig.8)and his St. Mark’s Square (1881) (Fig.9) help to account for his different artistic approach. Like with some of Whistler’s Venetian works, Renoir always applied powerful colors to his art pieces. Both artists grasped the idea of the Venetian antiquated yet modern fascination with color.  Looking at Renoir’s Gondola on The Canal Grande you can see high level of skill. Though it appears Renoir spent less time in regards to implementing his techniques. Renoir’s brushstrokes are thickly and speedily applied to his canvas which is different than Whistler’s application of medium. In addition, Renoir’s subject matter and composition is very different than what James Abbott McNeill Whistler chose to emphasize. In another example, St. Mark’s Square (1881) Renoir depicts a scenery which perfectly embodies the center of Venice. Renoir chose not to explore the unknown niches and instead went with composing the prominent tourist destinations of the city.