" Saint-tropez Oil On Canvas By Joseph Meissonnier (1864-1943)"the port of Saint Tropez
by Joseph Meissonnier (1864 Montfavet Avignon - 1943 Villeneuve-les-Avignon)
Oil on canvas
53.7 x 37.5 cm
68 x 51.5 cm with old frame in waxed oak. (26 3/4 x 20 1/4 in.)
Signed lower left.
Joseph Meissonnier was a painter active in Provence and in the south of France. He was part of the group of "the Thirteen" created in 1912 with Joseph Hurard. He describes here the port of Saint Tropez and the activity of its fishermen, using a post-impressionist touch very much in matter and very gestural.
Saint-Tropez had been discovered in may 1892 by another painter who became very famous for his technique called "divisionism", Paul Signac. It attracted many other painters, and Signac wrote about his stay : "J'ai là de quoi travailler pendant toute mon existence, c'est le bonheur que je viens de découvrir" (I have found there enough to work for all my life, it's happiness that I have just discovered. Letter of Signac to his mother)