Italian painter of animated urban waterscapes and architectural features. Carlo Grubacs was born in Venice in 1812. The son of a Merchant Navy captain whose family, originally from Montenegro, had settled in Italy in the second half of the 18th century, he belonged to the Venetian school of 'Vedutista' which had flourished with artists like Canaletto and Francesco Guardi in the 18th century.
He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice where he exhibited his works in 1847, 1855, 1858 and 1864. His paintings, often of a small size, offer carefully detailed and lively views of Venice, executed in the tradition of 19th century Venetian Vedute where the artist combines a smart and skillful drawing with a bright and luminous palette.