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Landscape with a Group of Figures
Giuseppe Zais
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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. His painting technique was inspired by Francesco Zuccarelli, whose Landscape with Figures and Cattle is also in the National Gallery’s collection.

Key facts
Artist Giuseppe Zais
Artist dates 1709 - 1784
Full title Landscape with a Group of Figures
Date made probably 1770-80
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 49.5 x 65.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1889
Inventory number NG1296
Location in Gallery Not on display
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