This spectacular painting of the Venetian canal showcases his incredible sensitivity to colour and light. The bright reflections on the water and impasto brushwork wonderfully demonstrate how energised his paintings became. This wonderful piece is in our collection.
Ferrieres went on to win the Gold Medal at the Exposition in Paris in 1937 and exhibited over 50 canvases inspired by his travels. His painting was then interrupted by the war where he nearly lost his life. He was captured by the Germans and sentenced to be shot. While his life was spared, it wasn’t until 1950 that he began and travelling again.
He did eventually go back to his beloved Venice, and then onto Switzerland, Scandinavia, Holland, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and Russia. A trip to Yugoslavia particularly inspired his love of crowds and their fascinating spectacle. It was very much his years of travelling, and the human beings around him that influenced so much of his later work. He painted everywhere he went, producing landscape scenes with vivid colour and a mesmerising vitality.