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THE SOUTH (LOTS 89 - 116)
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A STEAMSHIP LEAVING MARSEILLE HARBOUR SEEN FROM THE DIGUE DE LA GRANDE JETEE, OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED BY DAVID DELLEPIANE
David Dellepiane was born in Genua in an artistic family, but the main part of his career took place in Marseille, where he lived since the age of nine. There he woked as a lithographer as well as a painter, portraitist and decorator. The large majority of his painted works consist of sea shores, marine landscapes and fishing scenes which permitted him to combine in an original manner the influences of Pointillism, Japonism and Art Nouveau. Dellepiane studied for a brief period of time in Paris in 1890, as student of Jules Chéret who introduced him to all the influences cited above.
With the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, the Mediterranean became an important link between Western Europe and the Middle East, Africa, as well as Asia. Dellepiane designed posters for large shipping and railway companies in Marseille. His images were the commercial promotion for the city. It is possible that our painting can be linked to such a project for a poster or calendar. The utilization of the figures in the foreground, who lead the eye of the spectator towards the departure of the steamship, is a favorite technique of the painter, one which he utilizes in his posters as well as in his paintings.