Jean Marchand View in the Midi 1913

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Jean Marchand 1883–1941
View in the Midi
Pays du Midi
Date 1913
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 730 x 603 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Frank Hindley Smith 1940
Not on display

Catalogue entry

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.

Published in:
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

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