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VITALIS in the Finister port of Moguériec in 1977

The Marines: a theme that VITALIS loved

VITALIS loved the sea. Living close to the sea was undoubtedly a major factor in his choice to settle in Brittany, in Plestin-les-Grèves. He was also an excellent sea angler, especially for the noble sea bass. This quality also served him well during the lean season: VITALIS sometimes sold his fish to the people of Plestin when he was in need.

VITALIS was particularly fond of the small Finisterian port of Moguériec, with its trawlers moored at the quay, and framed by cliffs on the horizon – which VITALIS would often use in his marine horizons.

VITALIS painted seascapes in all his styles, but particularly in his pointillist style which allowed him to express deep ultramarine blues and skies streaked with large geometric bands of yellow, pink and blue, as in the example below (“Vue du pays de Plestin” – 1967-2).

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“…while the sky and the sea, as if seen through a broken mirror, are broken down into a multitude of diaphanous facets” – extrait du livre “Peintres des côtes de Bretagne n°2” Léo Kerlo – Jacqueline Duroc

First Marines: Sailboat races

The earliest known VITALIS paintings are of sport or leisure sailing ships, all sails out, full of wind. Are they souvenirs of the United States? The “three sailboats” of 1930 evoke the famous “J Class” of the America’s Cup, while the backdrop of the “Marine” (date not known) does not recall a French landscape. In 1947, the “sailboats” are no longer sporting but massive fishing boats.

Quatre voiliers – hst – vers 1930

Marine – hst – NC

Trois voiliers – hst – vers 1930

Voiliers – ? – 1947

… From 1957, VITALIS settled permanently in Brittany. He then began to paint impressionist seascapes representing the shores of Plestin-les-Grèves (Saint-Efflam most often). It is the steep coasts and their rocks that VITALIS likes to represent, without forgetting the crashing of the waves on these rocks…

Plage des curés – hsp – 1947

La pointe de l’Armorique à Plestin – hsp – vers 1947

Paysage marin – hsp – 1957

Marine Beg Douar – ? – 1958

L’écume des mers sur les rochers dans une anse – hst – 1957

Paysage méditerranéen (?) – hst – 1959

Rocher rouge – ? -1958

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Saint-Efflam – ? – NC

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La plage – hst – vers 1939

… In the early 1960s, VITALIS explored a more cubist universe, fragmented by facets of colour. A constant: the presence of boats in his seascapes, and their reflections …

Lever de soleil sur le port – hst – 1954

Les barques devant le phare – hst – NC

Au port – hsp – 1961

Village, Boats at dock – hst – 1963

Sans titre – hst – NC

Sans titre – hst – 1959

Côte d’azur (?) ou Le port – hst – 1960

Le port de Toul-an-Héry – hst – 1961

Le port (Toul-an-Héry) – hst – 1969

… At the end of the 1960s, VITALIS definitively adopted the pointillist style. This was his favourite style for painting seascapes. The blues are particularly deep (seascapes of 1974 and 1975). Trawlers are often represented, a jetty plunging into the water, a distant horizon delimited by the coastline: the small fishing port of Moguériec (29) particularly inspired VITALIS for these pointillist seascapes. The two monumental paintings below (exhibited on the walls of the town hall of Plestin-les-Grèves) are emblematic examples of this style of pointillist seascape…

Vue du pays de Plestin – hst – 1967

Église et manoirs de Plestin – hst – 1967

Les barques devant le village de pêcheurs – hst – 1969

Barques sur la grève – hst – 1969

La plage – hst – 1973

La presqu’île – hsp – 1974

Marine – hst – 1975

Esquisse Moguériec – hst – 1975

Ouessant – hst – 1975

Moguériec – hst – 1976

La plage de Pors-Mellec – hst – 1976

Soleil couchant – hst – 1978

Saint-Efflam en l’an 2000 – hst – 1981

Étude “Saint-Efflam en l’an 2000” – hsp – 1976

Trois bateaux dans la brume – hst – 1982

Paysage de Normandie – hst – 1984

Sans titre – hst – 1985

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Marine Moguériec – hst – NC

Marine – hst – 1967

Village by the sea – hst – 1972

Baie avec petits bateaux – hst – 1974

Anse maritime – hst – 1975

Le bateau vert (Locquémeau) – hst – 1975

Le port de Toul-an-Héry – hst – 1975

Moguériec – hst – 1976

Les rochers – hst – 1976

Marine pommier – hst – 1976

Locquirec – hst – 1976

Concarneau – hst – 1978

Hommage à Alain – hst – 1982

Marine – hst – 1980

Shrimp boats by the bay – hst – 1983

Port de Concarneau – hst – 1984

Marine – hst – 1987

Mer interdite – hst – 1984