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Affiche-exposition-Alfred-Lombard_-Couleur-et-Intimite-Musee-RdP-site-360x428Who is Alfred Lombard? I wondered as I visited the Musée Regards de Provence in Marseille this week.

It’s a special experience here in the south of France to discover painters, often local, mainly little-known, who turn out to be really quite thrilling.  And Alfred Lombard is one such.

He had a long life, 1884-1973, living through and absorbing waves of artistic development.  Cubists, Fauves, Expressionists were obvious influences, and he said that he was inspired by Matisse. Classically trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Marseille, he has been called ‘ the only true Provencal Fauve’.

Subjects range from the Vieux Port of Marseille, Nice, bars, street scenes, landscapes and, most obviously, women.  Clothed or nude, women are the focus of some of his most striking compositions.

Towards the end of his life, he was experimenting with abstract landscapes which we felt were every bit as good as his early work with lovely use of colour and line.  What a discovery!

The show is open daily (exc 1st May) 10-18:00hrs; 6 €.  Upstairs, ‘Lumieres du Sud’ continues until 6th September.

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