Andrew Fisher Bunner: An American in Venice
Andrew Fisher Bunner (1841-1897) was an American artist known for his landscapes and his scenes of Venice. Andrew Fisher Bunner’s Venice works are not only a reflection of his skills and interests as an artist, but a reflection on the American society that he was a product of. America during A.F. Bunner’s lifetime saw the Civil War, as well as the growth of industry, invention, and a sense of America as a leading world power. In his own paintings of Venice, he shows his early interest in the landscapes of the Hudson Valley School as well as the work of J.M.W Turner and James Whistler, both famous artists who created works on Venice. Andrew Fisher Bunner’s works combine the best of Turner’s and Whistler’s views of the city, retain his own early training in the Hudson Valley School, and reflect America’s growing sense of imperialism.