Landscape with a Group of Figures

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A group of smartly dressed men and women, accompanied by two dogs, talk among themselves. On the other side of the gently flowing river, peasants experience a very different life: they wash clothes and attend to cattle beside a rustic farmhouse. As a backdrop, this painting uses a rural village framed by trees and distant mountains, painted in thick brushstrokes of rich colour, as does its companion piece, Landscape with a Group of Figures Fishing (National Gallery, London). Guiseppe Zais moved to Venice in around 1725/30, where he spent nearly 50 years as a landscape painter. This is a late work of around 1770/80s. In 1774, after several attempts, Zais was accepted as a member of the Fraglia dei Pittori Veneziani, a prestigious society of artists working in Venice.

The National Gallery, London



Landscape with a Group of Figures


probably 1770-80


Oil on canvas


H 49.5 x W 65.5 cm

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Bought, 1889

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