Antoine Roux is an artist known exclusively for his ship portraits. These paintings depict vessels on the open sea or entering and departing Marseille, France, but little can be discerned from them about life in that busy port during the 19th century. Roux’s sketchbooks, on the other hand, capture everyday life and cultural aspects of Marseille and reveal the artist’s visual palette and his artistic process as he drew and modeled what he observed. These sketchbooks demonstrate that Antoine Roux was both an expert ship portraitist, as well as a painter of more sophisticated seascapes.
The sketchbooks capture a world long gone. Pencil sketches and watercolors include studies of people, profiles and details of ships, and numerous views of the port of Marseille. Others preserve a variety of maritime activity found in the area.
This interactive program enables visitors to view two of Roux’s sketchbooks–one of the museum’s seldom seen maritime treasures–in their entirety.
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