Émile Othon Friesz (1879-1949)
Should we mention that the major modern art museums of the five continents exhibit his works, those of an artist saluted as one of the founders of Fauvism? “Baroque fauvism” even, to quote the name of the exhibition dedicated to him in 2007, at the Modern Art Museum of Céret, the Art and Industry Museum La Piscine in Roubaix, then at the Malraux Museum in Le Havre! Friesz, born in Le Havre, kept all his life a passion for the sea and Saint-Malo. Émile Othon Friesz was friends with Théophile Briant, writer and art merchant–to the point that he gave him this warmly dedicated dreamlike watercolour from the thirties. Some sort of historical document.