(b. 1695, Lyon, d. 1760, Roma)

Coastal Landscape

Oil on canvas, 55 x 120 cm
Private collection

This painting, depicting a coastal landscape with a ship and figures on the shore, is a characteristic work by the French marine painter Adrien Manglard. Manglard is principally known to us today as a painter of marines and landscapes, though the sources clearly inform us that he also executed a large number of religious works. The principal subject of his marines, and indeed of the present work, is the sea itself: the figures are marginalised, the landscape merely acts as a backdrop or framing element, and the ship being tossed on choppy seas is moved to the far left of the composition.

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