Charles Malfroy (1862-1918)
Charles Malfroy was born in Lyon in 1862.
Throughout his artistic career he specialised in views of ports, from Le Havre to Venice. However, Martigues situated on the Bouche de Rhone where it flows out to the Mediterranean sea proved to be the most inspirational for him. Many artists had been inspired by the ‘Venice of Provence’, with its sparkling canal, many quays and fishermen’s houses, and like the artist Felix Ziem, Malfroy established a permanent studio in the town.
His Post-Impressionist scenes of Martigues demonstrate his use of luminous colours and tones, and his subtle handing of the Mediterranean light, and also his enduring interest in the maritime activities of the busy port.
Charles Malfroy died in 1918.