Glass Blowers of Murano

Charles Frederick Ulrich American

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.

Glass Blowers of Murano, Charles Frederick Ulrich (1858–1908), Oil on wood, American

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