Emile Othon Friesz (French, 1879-1949) Les Yachts, Toulon

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Lot 11
Emile Othon Friesz (French, 1879-1949) Les Yachts, Toulon

Sold for £ 11,750 (US$ 14,372) inc. premium
Emile Othon Friesz (French, 1879-1949)
signed E Othon Friesz and dated 1929 lr, inscribed with title, signed with initials and dated verso, oil on canvas

65.5 x 81.5cm. (25 3/4 x 32 1/8in.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    XIX Exsposition Biennale Internationale des Beaux-Arts - Venise 1934.

    Born in the town of Le Havre, on the coast of Normandy, Emile Othon Friesz developed a lifelong interest in the theme of the port. His artistic production contains recurring studies of anchored boats and soaring masts mirrored in the undulating surface of calm waters, creating a dual image of reality versus reflection. The artist's fascination for the visual dichotomy created by such imagery is found in many of the port scenes he chose to depict: his views of Dieppe, Dinan, Honfleur, Anvers, Saint-Malo and La Rochelle present a similar interest in the neat arrangement of fishing vessels tied to the docks. The commercial success of his port scenes equally encouraged the artist in this direction. In 1926, Friesz set himself up in a large studio in Toulon, where, for the following two years, he relentlessly focused on marine scenes.

    Although he left Toulon for a short sojorn in Algeria towards the end of 1928 and moved back to Paris in 1929, Friesz continued to paint scenes from this port town. That same year, the Brummer Gallery organised a solo exhibition in New York, choosing paintings from his Toulon series.

    An earlier work from 1927, listed in the raisonne, depicts the same scene as the present painting but as a narrower vertical cross section of our more panoramic composition.
    Robert Martin & Odile Aittouarè, Emile Othon Friesz - L'oeuvre peint I, Paris 1995, page 75, no.86, illustrated in black and white.
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