Eugene de Blaas, also known as Von Blaas, was an Academic Classicist painter born in Italy in the year of 1843. Although Eugene was born in Italy, close to Rome, his parents were of Austrian origin,hence why he is sometimes referred to as Eugene Von Blaas. He began his painting career in as an apprentice to his faith Karl in Venice, who was a teacher at the city's academy.
With his style firmly rooted in Academic Classicism, Eugene de Blaas usually chose the famous floating city of Venice, or religious Christian imagery as the subjects of his paintings. Like his father before him, de Blaas also become a professor at the Academy of Venice, teaching painting to his students. His style included the use of heavy and exaggerated colours, as well as a fine attention to detail.
Eugene was a very prolific painter, creating many works throughout his lifetime. Some of the artist's most famous paintings include Conversions of the Rhætians by St. Valentine, Venetian Balcony Scene, Venetian Masquerade, and his famous late period nude portrait of a woman, In the Water. His works were displayed all over the world, but were especially famous in his native Venice, and in London, where they were displayed at the Royal Academy, Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery, and at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England.
Eugene de Blaas died after a long career and life spanning almost a century, passing away in 1932.