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Etha Flès
(Dutch, 1857-1948)
Off the Isle of Capri, 1896
Oil on Canvas
21 x 27 1/2 Inches
Framed: 30 1/2 x 35 3/4 Inches
Signed lower left
In the 1890s, Flès moved for an extended period to Italy, where she found the perfect subject for her natural inclination towards wild beauty. Her oeuvre from this period is replete with views of Rome, Capri, and the Gulf of Naples. In 1910, she exhibited these lovely works to great acclaim in her native Utrecht. 'Off the Isle of Capri' may have been included in this exhibition as number 9.

In 'Off the Isle of Capri', Flès has differentiated the palette used in the foreground from that used in the background. While the foreground is characterized by a juxtaposition of complementary colors and is quite bright, the background is more tonal and more thoroughly blended. Here, the strokes are longer and less sketchy and the blues, grays, and pinks combine easily to suggest that the sea and the sky have merged.
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