'Fishermen in the Old Port' by Pierre Ambrogiani (circa 1950s)
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'Fishermen in the Old Port', mixed media on art paper (circa 1950s), by Pierre Ambrogiani. Traditional fishermen whose families go back generations can still be found here with their boats directly into the old port of Marseille. They set up their stalls on the quay and sell the catch of the day. The old port is an integral part of this, the second largest city in France. The U-shaped basin is filled with small pleasure boats, fishing vessels and large yachts. On the quayside, there are perhaps a dozen stalls or so. Each one displays his fish, mussels, wild oysters and octopus amongst others. The artist has wonderfully captured the animated scene along the pier. The beauty lies in the simplicity of the artist's lines. The artwork is in good vintage condition and has been newly framed under glass. It is signed in the lower right hand corner: 'Ambrogiani'. Please view the accompanying photos carefully to best view the condition and wonderful style of the work. Upon request a video will be provided.
About the Artist: Pierre Ambrogiani (1907 - 1985) was born in Ajaccio, Corsica. He grew up in the port of Marseille, where at the age of 12 he became a telegraph boy. It was not until 1937 that Ambrogiani decided to devote his life to art, like his brothers Pascal and Toussaint (who worked as Toussaint d'Orcino) and sister Helene. Pierre was an expressionist mostly known for his wild, colourful palette of vibrant still-lifes and Provencal landscapes. He received the Prix International de la Biennale de Menton in 1951, the Grand Prix des Peintres Temoins de leur Temps in 1967, and the Prix du Gemail in 1968. In 1962, he was commissioned to decorate the Immaculate Conception of Marseille church with frescoes and stained glass windows. A major retrospective of his art was held at the Musee de la Vieille Charite de Marseille in 1973, with an important catalogue. A prolific artist, Ambrogiani created more than 1500 paintings, seven sculptures, 1200 drawings and watercolours and 300 prints over his lifetime. His works are exhibited and collected worldwide and have sold widely at major auction houses over the decades.
Dimensions with frame:
H 61 cm / 24.0"
W 43 cm / 16.9"
Dimensions without frame:
H 42 cm / 16.5"
W 30 cm / 11.8"