Sea wall, Saint-Tropez
Signed bas droite
46cm x 33cm
One of the French Fauves artist, Henri Manguin was born in Paris in 1874 and, following the death of his father when he was just 6, was brought up by his mother. At the age of 15 he decided to devote himself to painting.
He moved to Montmartre and entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts to study under Gustave Moreau. His contemporaries were Marquet, Puy, Charles Camoin and Matisse, with whom he became close friends. Like them, Manguin’s early tasks were to make copies of Renaissance art in the Louvre
Manguin was very much influenced by impressionism, as can be witnessed in his work with his use of bright pastel hues.
He married Jeanne in 1899 and they went on to have 3 children. Manguin made numerous portraits of his wife and family and credited his wife with being his enduring inspiration .
In 1902, Manguin had his first exhibition at the Salon des Independents and continued to exhibit there for the next decade. In 1904 he discovered Saint-Tropez and was immediately struck by the light and beauty of the place. He rented “la villa Demiere” in the summer of 1905 and worked from there with great contentment.
In 1905 he participated in the “Salon d’Automne” and became known as one of the artists in the Fauves movement, with similarities to Cezanne. He went on to exhibit at the gallery Druet, and then at Vollard and Bernheim the Young.
In 1909 he won the “Salon d’Automne” prize and was highly acclaimed by the critics. He then exhibited abroad, in Russia and Venice and the United States.
During the Great War he took refuge in Switzerland, then moved around France, but eventually returned to his beloved St. Tropez in 1949, where he died the same year.
Manguin’s work has been described as joyful painting, a tranquil fulfillment conveying a feeling of duration. His work blends in a harmonious serenity. It has been said that his great merit was that he did not attempt to exceed his limits, preserving instead the calm and flexibility that characterise his stylish works.
This is a pen and ink and watercolour piece showing the sea wall at Saint Tropez.