This is an atmospheric oil on board painting of Martigues Harbour by distinguished artist Vincent Manago (1880-1936).
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Vincent Manago was a French artist, born in Toulon in 1880. He was very popular in Marseilles in the early 1900’s.
He migrated to North Africa but later returned to France and painted landscape views and street scenes. His work was shown at the Foire internationale de Marseille and at the Exposition Coloniale des Paysages d’Afrique et de Provence. He specialised in landscape, marine and genre paintings of the Mediterranean coast (Port de Martiques, La Rochelle, Venice) and in Orientalist painting. The latter showed the influence of his stay in Tunisia and Algeria on his art.
He often also used scenes depicted on postcards as inspireation for his paintings. One such postcard, Négresse pétrissant la Galette dans la Guessâa (Collections ND. Phot., Librairie d’Amico, Tunis) was used for his 1903 painting of a street scene of a young woman sorting through grains in a bowl. At least four different versions of this painting were made, one of which is in the Musée des beaux-arts, Marseille.
In addition to being a painter, Manago also worked as a decorator of several private residences in Tunis and Alger. His oldest son Dominique Manago, born in Tunis in 1902, also became a painter and so did his youngest son Armand, born in Paris in 1913, who changed his artist name to A.M. Guérin. Vincent Manago lived in Paris until his death on 30 June 1936.