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The Mediterranean in the spotlight, Quai Antoine I exhibition hall

19-02-2009-

From Wednesday 18th February to Sunday 15th March, 112 works of seascapes, coastal landscapes and ports of the Mediterranean region, Provence and the French Riviera, will be on display at an exhibition hosted by the Department of Cultural Affairs in Monaco and the Fondation Regards de Provence – Reflets de Méditerranée.
The Fondation Regards de Provence - Reflets de Méditerranée was established in 1997 by a couple of art collectors from Marseilles : Pierre and Michèle Dumon.

Placed under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the purpose of the Foundation is to uncover, assemble and develop the past and contemporary artistic, cultural and musical heritage of Marseilles, Provence and the Mediterranean.

“Seascapes and Mediterranean ports – Paintings from the XVIII – XIX – XX centuries" showcases works from the collection - oils, watercolours and gouaches by 72 artists - which covers four centuries illustrating the changes in seascape painting over the course of time.

The exhibition offers visitors an enchanting and educational experience featuring well-known landscapes, in particular between Marseilles and the Var and scenes of maritime life at various periods. From the travelling painter in 1770 to port paintings which developed in the XVII century, blossomed in the XVIII century and incorporated a picturesque scene of its history in the XIX century, the landscapes developed depending on the style. They became typical of a few specialists such as Jean Joseph Kappeller, Lacroix from Marseilles and Joseph Vernet in the XVIII century. As the decades followed, marine painting varied from the most fanciful natural moorings to the most accurate portrait of the port. Depending on the trends - impressionism or post-symbolism, fauvism or cubism – the shores of the Mediterranean offer an unexpected and innovative spectacle.

A unique testimony of seascapes across time.



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