Two gondolas across the palazzo Communale, Venice
32 х 24 cm.
Venice and its canals could be taked of different ways.
Someone could see it as touristic attraction - too decorative boats, too decorative boatmen - "and with additional money they will even sing for you"
Someone feel canals as dirty and smelling expirience, and gondola trip - overestimated and expensive entertaining.
Someone see it as a "to do list in Venice", could be afforded even with luggage on you airport way.
Someone see it as a part of usual venetian's life, part of it charm.
For me it may be all of that and may be more.
Sitting near the pier across of Palazzo Comunale I looked over gondolas and was surprised their beauty. Its a real art, not a compromiss of decoration and utility, but combining of both.
From metal end on gondola's nose - ferro - what is a counterbalance of gondolier and level of depth to shapes of laquered bords, from carved banisters to cases for the bad weather - all in it designed perfectly. Beauty and utility.
I had painted this watercolor two days for 3-4 hours each - and all that time gondolas were changed their places, there were gondolas on Grand canal with tourists ( and with singing tenor): I saw pupils 6-8 years old whowere transported here on one of gondola; boats came, parked, departing. It was clear that it a normal, usual city transportation.
And I liked how routing it looks like.
No cars, no bycycles - all kind of wheels are forbidden, except for wheeled bags which locals used for shopping - markets sometimes are on a big distance.
Touristic Venice and usual life Venice are like two kind of dress of pretty signora - for different occasions.
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