During a year-long honeymoon spent exploring France and Italy, the artist continued to find inspiring subject matter for his work, especially in Venice, where the boats moored along the waterfront allowed him to play with form and color.
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In The Sails, Venice, he composed the scene using a compelling series of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines, and brightened his palette to render the bold red siding of the ship, the earthen stone of the lofty campanile of San Giorgio Maggiore, and the glowing sunlight caught in the billowing the sails.
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Buckley, Laurene. Theodore Wendel: True Notes of American Impressionism (North Adams, MA: The Artist Book Foundation, 2018), Plate 18, p. 119
Bringing to Light: Theodore Wendel, Vose Galleries, Boston, October 19 – December 7, 2019