Luigi LOIR (Gorritz 1845 - Paris 1916)
Watercolour and gouache, over a pencil underdrawing.
Signed LOIR LUIGI. at the lower right.
Inscribed Roscoff non dn(?) in the upper margin of the backing board.
323 x 493 mm. (12 3/4 x 19 3/8 in.)
Although perhaps best known as a painter of Parisian scenes, Luigi Loir travelled extensively throughout France, painting landscapes characterized by an attention to detail and an abiding interest in light. Among the largest known works by Loir, this splendid view of the harbour and town of Roscoff, in the départementof Finistère in Brittany, was painted from the Quai Neuf, one of the three quays which embrace the harbour. In the centre right background, between the masts of the boats, can be seen the tower of the granite church of Notre Dame de Croaz Batz, financed and built by the shipowners and traders of Roscoff in the 16th century. As one 19th century English guidebook noted, ‘Roscoff is filled with sailors and smugglers’, and the appearance of the Vieille Porte, built in 1623, remains relatively unchanged today.