Henry Pontoy (1888-1968)
He is now admired as one of the best painter who travelled Northern Africa. He was the last great representative of the oriental vein, made famous by Delacroix, with Edy Legrand and Jacques Majorelle. One could talk at length about his success during the twenties, during the exhibitions in Oran, Algiers, Tunis… Tribute to a reliable technique, to a true observer and an undeniable empathy for his models. Artist popular amongst collectors, Henry Pontoy has a beautiful posterity, his painting Les Lavandières à Tiznit was sold 144 000 € at Sotheby’s in Paris in 2006.