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…