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Henri Person

Les couleurs du Midi

Marie-Aude Bossard (dir.)

Publication year 2015
Number of pages 208
Format 23 x 31 cm
ISBN 9791094462010

In the early 1900s, the painter Henri Person arrives in Saint-Tropez, a small fishermen’s hamlet at the time. There he builds a very strong friendship with Paul Signac and adopts the divisionist technique. He shows a more discreet and softer temperament, which translates into the adaptation of his palette. Throughout his life, Person built a body of work from his favourite themes: boats, the sea, trees that surround the shore and the small villages of the Mediterranean coast. He also produced subtle and poetic watercolours in which the heart of the Mediterranean Sea beats. As a committed Saint-Tropez’s resident, the artist feels completely implicated in the city’s heritage and decides to develop a project that shows his deep attachment to the city that adopted him. He starts to build what will subsequently be the Annonciade museum in Saint-Tropez, one of the first living arts museums. Determined, he convinces his contemporaries and friends to offer extraordinary artistic testimonies of the modernity in Provence. Henri Person disappears in 1926 but this project is pursued by the patron Georges Grammont, and his incredible art donations. The first book devoted to the artist is widely illustrated and written under the direction of his granddaughter, Marie-Aude Bossard.