Venice, the Doge's Palace

When Renoir first visited Venice in 1881, he was drawn to one of its most famous sights: the façade of the Doge’s Palace across from the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. This view was very popular with artists; Renoir joked that “there were at least six of us queuing up to paint it.” The buildings are painted with considerable accuracy, the soft pinks and creams of their sunlit walls contrasting with the rich blue of the sky and reflecting in the undulating waters of the canal.


The artist, probably sold to Durand-Ruel, 12 May 1882, as Vue de Venise;¹ [probably Durand-Ruel, Paris, from 1882]; E. Oppenheim (until 1897, his sale, Drouot, Paris, 11 May 1897, no. 21, as Vue de Venise, sold to Durand-Ruel);² [Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York, 1897–1933, sold to Clark, 3 March 1933]; Robert Sterling Clark (1933–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

1. According to the Durand-Ruel Archives, the painting in this transaction cannot be firmly identified; further, there is no label on the reverse of the Clark painting with a stock number corresponding to this sale.
2. Michel Florisoone, Renoir,  1942, p. 167, states that this painting was formerly in the collection of Dr. Hirschmann; Barbara Ehrlich White, "Renoir's Trip to Italy," Art Bulletin 51 (Dec. 1969), p. 345, cites this information, and adds that the Hirschmann collection was in Amsterdam. Hirschmann’s name, however, may have been erroneously associated with this painting.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Venice, the Doge's Palace


Oil on canvas

21 7/16 x 25 7/8 in. (54.5 x 65.7 cm) Frame: 28 3/8 x 32 3/4 x 3 in. (72.1 x 83.2 x 7.6 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1933