Oil on canvas of horizontal rectangular shape of the Aix countryside by the painter Philippe Marbeau, signed lower left, P Marbeau; mounted on the original stretcher and set in its gilded wood frame treated in amati and burnished. Two women conversing at the edge of the road near a pond in the Aix countryside; one on a mule loaded with straw baskets, the other on foot with a wicker basket at the bottom. In the distance, one can see the tumult of the market. In 1835, the painter Philippe Marbeau, originally from Brivela-Gaillarde, had just moved to Provence. A former student of François-Édouard Picot in Paris, he befriended the painter Émile Loubon, originally from Aix-en-Provence and close to François-Marius Granet. After settling permanently in Provence, Philippe Marbeau became a Marseillais by adoption and participated regularly in the Salon between 1842 and 1855. He was a member of the Académie du Var and received some praise for his works. Some of his contemporaries mention that he was eternally dissatisfied with his work, painted day and night and became irascible and unstable. Enthralled by his art to the point of madness, he ended his days in an asylum in Marseille. Dimension frame width 53cm, height 41cm - Frame width 40.5cm, height 30.5cm.
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