Laguna with Steamers and Gondolas
Robert Frederick Blum
Although interested in Japanese art since his youth, Robert Blum developed a more sophisticated understanding of its aesthetics through his close contact with James McNeill Whistler in Venice—the setting of this work—during the summer of 1880. From Whistler he learned to create compositional tensions between blank areas and those with motifs, as well as to achieve tonal variations in etching with sketchy lines and hand-inked plates. The latter technique produced the subtle grays in the sky of this work.
Etching in black ink on cream, medium thick, slightly textured wove Japan paper
sheet: 10 5/16 x 15 3/8 in. (26.2 x 39.1 cm)
image: 7 5/8 x 8 7/16 in. (19.4 x 21.4 cm) (show scale)
Etched lower left: "Blum / 85 Venice" and stamped in red below lower right corner of image: "Blum" within square
Inscribed in pencil at lower left of sheet: "261"
Artist's stamp in lower margin
This item is not on view
Gift of the Cincinnati Museum Association
No known copyright restrictions
This work may be in the public domain in the United States. Works created by United States and non-United States nationals published prior to 1923 are in the public domain, subject to the terms of any applicable treaty or agreement.
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this work. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties, such as artists or artists' heirs holding the rights to the work. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
The Brooklyn Museum makes no representations or warranties with respect to the application or terms of any international agreement governing copyright protection in the United States for works created by foreign nationals.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
Robert Frederick Blum (American, 1857-1903). Laguna with Steamers and Gondolas, 1885. Etching in black ink on cream, medium thick, slightly textured wove Japan paper, sheet: 10 5/16 x 15 3/8 in. (26.2 x 39.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Cincinnati Museum Association, 11.579
overall, 11.579_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.