1862 - 1951
Title: "Summertime, Martigues, South of France"
Date: Circa 1900
Size: Height 31 ½ inches Width 44 ¼ inches (framed)
Charles Malfroy was an accomplished French artist who specialised in coastal, marine and landscape painting. He was born in Lyon on the 27th March 1862 and was the father of noted marine artist Henry Malfroy (1895-1942). After completing his formal art training at the Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Malfroy embarked on his artistic career with exhibitions at the Salon in Lyon beginning in 1881.
Charles Malfroy was an impressionist painter in the manner of important Marseille artist, John Baptiste Olive. This painting is certainly a true representation of Malfroy’s best work. He was the observer of effects of light rendered with both freshness and decision combined with a subtle use of colour, creating wonderful views of the fishing villages on the French coastline. On viewing this painting, it is easy to understand why Malfroy’s paintings are so greatly admired. This wonderful example of Charles Malfroy's work is presented in pristine condition, in its original period frame and is signed by the artist.