The Studio of an Artist
An Invitation to Travel


Pera Museum presents an exhibition of French artist Félix Ziem, one of the most original landscape painters of the 19th century. The exhibition Wanderer on the Sea of Light presents Ziem as an artist who left his mark on 19th century painting and who is mostly known for his paintings of Istanbul and Venice, where the city and the sea are intertwined. Through the exhibition, we have been sharing detailed information about the artist and the artworks. Here’s the last one!


Ziem developed his painting around journeys; each destination was a reservoir of works and constituted a resource for a creation open to the world and the discovery of distant lands. His studios in Martigues, Nice, and Paris were filled with souvenirs, miscellaneous objects, architectural fragments, ancient sculptures, and stone sarcophagi fragments. Several of these items are preserved at the Ziem Museum in Martigues: a miniature gondola, a bow made with painted wood, the palette to be used as a visual reference while working away from the motif he depicted.

In Barbizon, he had a studio-car built similar to the ones of traveling acrobats. In Venice, he had a small flat-bottomed boat designed.  All of these reveal this constant need Ziem felt to travel and explore the world.

Throughout his life, this nomadic artist with unceasing curiosity explored different universes and masterfully sought new riches out of which he was able to draw out themes, models, images, and sensations. He never stopped to dream and to rediscover until the end of his life.


Villefranche, Riviera. Oil on wood, 81 x 55 cm, 1890 - 1900. Musée Ziem Collection

Vıllefranche, Rıvıera
Oıl on wood, 81 x 55 cm, 1890 – 1900.
Musée Zıem Collectıon

Death found Ziem at his studio on Rue Lepic in Paris on November 10, 1911, at the age of 90. Erected at the Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, his monumental tomb sculpted by Victor Segoffin shows Ziem lying down, with the lion of Venice at his feet; his tomb reflects the memory of an artist, who dedicated his oeuvre to the Serenissima throughout his life.

“Félix Ziem: Wanderer on the Sea of Light” exhibition can be visited between 10 November 2016 and 29 January 2017!

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