Jean Marchand 1882-1941
N05072 Pays du Midi (View in the Midi) 1913
Inscribed '1913 | J. Marchand' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 23 3/4 (73 x 60.5)
Bequeathed by Frank Hindley Smith 1940
Prov: With Léon Marseille, Paris (purchased from the artist); with Independent Gallery, London; Frank Hindley Smith, Southport
This picture has been known in recent years as 'Red Roofs', but has a torn label on the back with the title 'Pays du Midi'. Léon Marseille described it in a letter of 15 June 1954 as a view of the outskirts of Céret (Pyrenées-Orientales), but as Céret is considerably further inland from the Mediterranean, it would have to be more in the region of Collioure. On the other hand it may well show a view much further east, between Marseilles and Nice, perhaps in the neighbourhood of Ramatuelle (Var), or Biot or Villeneuve-Loubet (both Alpes-Maritimes). As these areas are now much changed, the exact spot is difficult to identify.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.483