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THE SOUTH (LOTS 89 - 116)
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THE ROCKS AT ENDOUME, MARSEILLE, OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED BY JEAN BAPTISTE OLIVE
Growing up in the Saint-Martin district in Marseille (which today has disappeared), Olive began his career as a decorator. In Paris, he painted murals for the Cirque d'Hiver, the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre as well as the views of Monaco and Menton in the restaurant 'Le Train Bleu' in the Gare de Lyon. His career as a painter truly took off in 1874 when he exhibited for the first time in Paris. He met Antoine Vollon in Marseille, who instructed him on still lifes. Olive is however foremost known for his marine landscapes of the South, which is the main body of his work. He knew perfectly how to render in his Mediterranean paintings the bright light of the Midi, as is visible in the present lot, a vision of his native land.
He twice exhibited at the Salon paintings with the same title as the present lot: 'Rochers d'Endoume, Marseille' in 1893 and 'Rochers de la batterie de Endoume (Marseille)' in 1899. A painting with a similar composition but with different and smaller dimensions (43,5 x 61 cm.) is in a private collection.
We like to thank Mr Franck Baille for having confirmed the authenticity of the present lot on the basis of a photograph. It will be included in his forthcoming catalogue raissoné of the artist's work (date of publication october 2007).