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Sir Frank William Brangwyn, 1867–1956

Departure of the Bucintoro

ca. 1910
Oil on canvas
52 x 69 inches (132.1 x 175.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Joseph F. McCrindle, Yale LLB 1948
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
barge (ceremonial watercraft) | ceremony | clouds | dock | doge | flags | galley (watercraft) | gray (color) | historical subject | light | marine art | marriage | men | oars | people | sails | sea | shadow | ships | spectators | vessels | wedding | women
Associated Places:
Italy | Veneto | Venice
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

At the beginning of his career, Frank Brangwyn was considered pioneering: Vassily Kandinsky named him as one of the first artists to use color in the modern manner, Siegfried Bing invited him to paint decorations at his famous Paris shop L’Art Nouveau, and Louis Comfort Tiffany commissioned stained-glass designs. He became best known as a muralist, and his highly ornamental compositions lent themselves to grandly scaled architectural decoration. In the United States, he painted murals in the elevator lobby at 30 Rockefeller Center. In keeping with a British artistic tradition dating back until at least the time of Canaletto, Venice was one of Brangwyn’s favorite places to paint. The subject of this painting is the Bucintoro, the state barge of the Venetian Doge. By the end of his career, Brangwyn, who painted figures in historical costume and felt that Picasso was a bad influence on younger artists, was viewed as a traditionalist.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Edwardian Opulence (Yale Center for British Art, 2013-02-28 - 2013-06-02) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Revisiting Traditions [BAC 20th century painting & sculpture] (Yale Center for British Art, 2002-04-30 - 2005-05-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

20th Century Paintings and Sculpture (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-01-27 - 2000-04-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, p. 10, no. 3, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 26-27, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, p. 10, no. 3, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Angus Trumble, Edwardian opulence, British art at the dawn of the twentieth century , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2013, pp. 342, 343, cat. no. 84, N6768 .E39 2013 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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