Le Café de la Marine
Date 1930
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 72 x 50 x 2 cm
Inventory ID UID 102-501
Le Café de la marine dates from the artist’s finest period, when his painting was feted by the surrealists. It is related to Pêcherie de cétacés [Whale Fishing] painted the same year (private collection). The composition is similar in its arrangement of a lighthouse, a port, sailing boats, small human figures, and a series of strips of paper, pinned on wooden boards which frame the painting. Pierre Roy emphasised the importance of his childhood memories: seaside holidays, the novels of Jules Verne – also born in Nantes – and the navigational accounts of Paul Verne, the writer’s brother, a seafarer who was a family friend. AC
Roberts Bechhoffer Collection, 1934; Wildenstein Gallery, London; Francisco Capelo Collection, Lisbon; Galerie 1900-2000, Paris; acquired in 1997.