Once determined on an artistic course, Williams’ passion for work was all-consuming and there was never any question as to his subject matter, with the landscape before him demanding to be drawn or painted. Venice, in particular, had always been an inspiration for Williams, first learning about Venetian painters like Canaletto and Guardi at Slade Art School, as well as those who visited including Monet, Turner and Sickert, to then being able to see the works he had admired for years in person, with his first visit to the city in 1950. As Williams states:
‘I had always loved its exuberance and lack of inhibition and now I was able to see some of the greatest paintings in the world’.
Thus, Venice went on to be a place that inspired the artist for more than half a century, producing many paintings in a variety of media: oil, watercolour, drawings and ink. He was fascinated by the way the light mirrored on the ever-present water and the elegance of the city, but also chose to depict the more unseen angles of Venice unlike his peers. As with this ink drawing, The Doges Palace and Grand Canal Venice, Williams depicts a view of the city at night time, still maintaining his distinctive style by painting the mirrored light of Venice in the colours of North Wales, using dark tones and loose brushstrokes, putting his own impression on Venice. Although, you can still see the effect of light as the dominant feature.
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 12.2 x 18.9 in./ 31.0 x 18.9 cm
SIGNATURE: Monogrammed lower right
MEDIUM: Ink on Paper