Karl von Blaas (Austrian painter) 1815 – 1894
Karl von Blaas was the eldest representative of a family of distinguished Austrian painters. He was born at Nauders (Tyrol) and studied at the Accademia of Venice. In 1837 he received the Roman prize of the Academy of Venice. At Rome he came under the influence of the Nazarenes and devoted himself to religious subjects. * * * Eugène de Blaas (Italian painter) 1843 - 1932 Eugene de Blaas, is also known as Eugene von Blaas or Eugenio de Blaas. He was an Italian painter in the school known as Academic Classicism. He was born at Albano, near Rome, to Austrian parents. His father Karl, also a painter, was his teacher. The family moved to Venice when Karl became Professor at the Academy in Venice. He often painted scenes in Venice. He became professor in the Academy of Venice. His colorful and rather theatrical period images of Venetian society, e.g. On the Balcony (1877; Private Collection), were quite different compared to delicate pastels and etchings of the courtyards, balcony and canals of modern Venice. Eugene de Blaas' paintings are collected at the Royal Academy, Fine Art Society, New Gallery and Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery in London, and also at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.