#Friday Painting: Joseph Mallory William Turner, “The Grand Canal – Venice”


It is only when we are no longer fearful that we begin to create.”

J.M.W. Turner

Venice, from the Porch of Madonna della Saluteca. 1835

Venice, from the Porch of Madonna della Salute ca. 1835 (Public Domain)

I don’t paint so that people will understand me, I paint to show what a particular scene looks like.”

J.M.W. Turner

Turner drew on his considerable experience as a marine painter and the brilliance of his technique as a watercolorist to create this view, in which the foundations of the palaces of Venice merge into the waters of the lagoon by means of delicate reflections. He based the composition on a rather slight pencil drawing made during his first trip to Venice, in 1819, but the painting is really the outcome of his second visit, in 1833. He exhibited this canvas to wide acclaim at the Royal Academy, London, in 1835.” The Met


I know of no genius but the genius of hard work.”

J.M.W. Turner

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

10 thoughts on “#Friday Painting: Joseph Mallory William Turner, “The Grand Canal – Venice”

  1. What a sumptuous painting..WOW!
    This is better than any photograph I’ve ever seen of Venice.
    So much more is captured, absolutely a delicate expression of life there and then.
    Thank you, Rebecca!

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    1. I agree – there is a mystical quality that envelops the viewer, Resa. It is as if we have been transported back in time and through space. I imagine that I am sitting next to the JMW Turner as he paints. Many thanks for your visit and comments!! Sending many hugs your way.

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  2. The reflections are what drew my eye first. I love how there’s no waterline and the building and ships seem to blend into the water, one with their reflections. And a great quote about the “genius of hard work.” Thanks for the lovely post.

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    1. I am delighted that you traveled virtually with me to Venice to meet up with J.M.W Turner, Diana. When I did a google search of painters that painted in Venice, I was surprised by how many came to this city: Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent – simply to paint the Grand Canal. And then there was the homegrown Titian!!! Venice is a place of creative energy!! Many thanks for your comments!!!

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