Mediterranean Shore with Fishermen, in the evening, 1768
Oil on canvas, H. 0.59 m; W. 0.824 m
Signed and dated lower left: De Lacroix / 1768.
Provenance: Private collection, Paris.
Lacroix de Marseilles, a French landscape and seascape painter, was the most famous of the circle of artists around Joseph Vernet. Was he a pupil of Joseph Vernet or together with him pupil of the painter Adrian Manglard in Rome?
The first documented painting of him dates from 1743. In about 1750 he moved to Italy where he was called Della Croce. In 1759 he worked together with Joseph Vernet on a huge commission for the duke of Parma in Castle Colorno. Then he worked for about ten years in Naples and exhibited in 1776 in the Salon du Colisée in Paris. In the years 1780 and 1782 he showed his work in the Parisian Salon de la Correspondance. A contemporary of the artist mentions to his death in Berlin in 1782.
Lacroix de Marseilles is known for his talent for composition and the use of colour. His subtle lighting effects and his care brought to every detail with which he painted this Mediterranean sunset, let us consider the present picture as one of the best works of the maturity of the artist.