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Glass Blowers of Murano

Artist:
Charles Frederick Ulrich (1858–1908)
Date:
1886
Medium:
Oil on wood
Dimensions:
26 1/8 x 21 1/8 in. (66.4 x 53.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Several Gentlemen, 1886
Accession Number:
86.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 764
Ulrich studied in Munich and spent most of his career abroad, painting picturesque scenes of everyday life. Here, he showed workers blowing glass, a craft revived in Venice during the late nineteenth century. The setting is the city’s glassmaking center on the island of Murano. Ulrich’s fascination with artisan subjects paralleled the international Arts and Crafts movement, which valued old-fashioned handicraft over industrial production. The painting won a substantial cash award in 1886 at the National Academy of Design’s second Prize Fund Exhibition, reflecting the degree to which an international taste had emerged in American art.
Signature: [at upper right]: Ulrich / 86

Inscription: [on label on the back]: GIUSEPPE BIASUTTI / PRESSO LA REGIA ACCADEMIA / N. 1024 Venezia / DEPOSITO OGGETTI / PER / PITTURA E DISEGNO
subscribers to the Second Prize Fund Exhibition: W.T. Walters, Henry Gurdon Marquand, J. Dwight Ripley, William T. Evans, et al. (1886)
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