Eugen von Blaas
1843 Albano Laziale near Rome - 1931 Venice
Eugen von Blaas’ first teacher was his father, history painter Karl von Blaas. He studied at the Academies of Rome and Venice and after various study trips to Paris, Belgium and Holland eventually settled down in Venice, where he taught at the Academy. In 1867 he became a member of the Künstlerhaus. His main artistic output consists of genre paintings depicting Venetian society, Italian “beauties” and the fishermen of Venice, Chioggia and Murano. A typical feature of all his paintings is the use of expressive Venetian colouring. Eugen von Blaas received numerous honours, including the Reichlpreis in 1867 and a golden medal for art awarded by Archduke Karl Ludwig in 1881. From 1888 he was an honorary member of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.
Thomas Wassibauer, Eugen von Blaas: Das Werk, Hildesheim 2005; Nachschlagewerke: Wurzbach, Thieme-Becker, Boetticher, Schmidt/Österreichisches Künstlerlexikon