'Lively Street Scene' by Pierre Ambrogiani (circa 1960s)
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'Lively Street Scene', oil on board, by Pierre Ambrogiani (circa 1960s). Most likely in the artist's home town of Marseille, a spirited scene with people seemingly celebrating on the streets animates the artwork. Or, it may be a depiction of one of Marseille's food or fish markets in close that the artist has captured in other works. Whatever the case, there is a wonderful balance and symmetry to the subjects in the painting and vibrant colour to stimulate the eye. The piece has been newly framed with a linen slip and is in fair to good vintage condition. It is signed by the artist in the lower centre portion of the painting. Please view the many photos accompanying the listing. Upon request, a short video may 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 Témoins 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 Musée de la Vieille Charité 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 increasing in value with time.
Dimensions with frame:
H 62 cm / 24.4"
W 49 cm / 19.3"
Dimensions without frame:
H 49 cm / 19.3"
W 35.5 cm / 14"