Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice

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Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice
Otto Henry Bacher
1856-1909
Acquisition Number: 993.1
Medium: Paper
Size: 7 3/8" x 11"
Date: 1880

Born in Cleveland and called one of the Duveneck Boys, Otto Henry Bacher was a painter, etcher and illustrator. Bacher studied at the Munich Royal Academy in Germany in the late 1870s where he was attracted to the combination of independent experimentation and the study of old masters. While in Europe, Bacher met and was greatly influenced by Frank Duveneck and James A. M. Whistler. After returning to Cleveland in 1883, Bacher sought his income through portrait commissions and teaching art classes. As an illustrator, he created work for a number of magazines. Bacher was one of the early impressionists in American art and his etchings were superior. In 1907, after never losing his fascination with Whistler, Bacher wrote the book “With Whistler in Venice”. Unfortunately, at the peak of his career, Bacher became ill and died at the age of fifty-three leaving a widow and four sons.