In fact, the young artist succeeded in emancipating himself from his famous teacher, creating quite distinctive landscape paintings suffused with warm light. He preferred to work in small formats in oil and watercolour on paper. His works have a fine, drawing-like quality that emanates openness. Especially during his journeys to Italy in 1866/67 and 1869, naturalistic and impressionistic tones can already be discerned in Venus‘ work. The freshness of his colours signifies his shift away from the pictorial language of his predecessors and at the same time represents a final flourishing of Dresden Romanticism.