"Rare Table Of Jean Roque Dated 1908"Oil on canvas 54cm x 65cm signed and dated Jean ROQUE 1908 Also known as Jean-Jacques Roque, Jean Roque is a French painter born in Marseille on January 8, 1880. He spent all his childhood before "to go up" in Paris after finishing his studies. In Paris, he will remain some time student of Jean-Léon Gérôme in 1898, but will move away quickly because he finds his painting too classic or "pastist". He frequented the Montmartre district and met many painters including Steinlen who made his portrait. He is particularly fond of the landscapes of his native Provence to which he will devote most of his work. Contemporary of Louis-Mathieu Verdilhan and Albert Marquet, we find in Jean Roque's painting the same modernity. He likes to highlight the energy of simple moments by the purity of its forms emphasized by the density of matter and colors. His work is also inspired by Paul Cézanne or Monticelli in the treatment of light. He is also a recipient of Republican travel grants. In 1911, he met the art historian, Léon Rosenthal, who will dedicate an article in the volume 13 of the journal Art and Artists of Armand Dayot. Léon Rosenthal particularly appreciates the sincere interest of Jean Roque for life, far from any vain formal research. During the interdisciplinary study day of Dijon on September 22, 2011, Anne-Sophie Aguilar emphasizes that the article by Léon Rosenthal fits harmoniously into the magazine, which defends in artistic matter a wise realism and attached to the soil, far away avant-garde concerns. That same year, on the occasion of the third five-year exhibition of the Prix and Salon des Boursiers du Voyage, Jean Roque's style was described as "bold to the point of brutality" in volume 14 of the journal L'Art and the artists. In 1913, he exhibited at the salon des artistes français his painting Le Retour, which earned him a gold medal. He works mainly in oil painting. He used canvas and cardboard as supports at the beginning of his career before turning - always for the sake of modernity - to the wooden panels that will appear around 1920. In 1924, he will be the official painter of the Navy alongside E. Barbaroux, JR Carrière, Paul Levere, Mr. Moisset, René Quillivic, G. Rollin de Vertury, A. Theunissen, P. Leconte. He died in 1925 in Marseille. He is buried in his hometown, Marseille, at Saint Pierre cemetery. The city of Marseille paid homage to Jean Roque by giving his name to a street leading to the Palais des Arts. He also gave his name to an award from the Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Marseille.