Sir William Russell Flint was without doubt the finest British watercolour artist of the last century. He will be remembered for his watercolours of landscapes and for his lavish female portrayals. There were many exhibitions of his work during his lifetime including the very rare honour of having his Retrospective Exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1962.
He painted “Venetian Festival” in the following year and wrote about the painting…..”I must have been crazy to tackle such an elaborate subject in the midst of merry-making Venetians. The facade of the church should alone have warned me to hold my hand and merely look on. However, the theme, and the festive atmosphere had enticed me. Not only, had I to carry my picture as far as possible on the spot, notes of many details were needed to enable me to enable me to complete it at home.”
The above painting is recognised as one of his finest paintings and was published by Frost & Reed as a signed limited edition print. The print has become one of the most sought after of the Russell Flint prints, and a framed print will be given free to the purchaser of the original watercolour.