French painter and printmaker, Albert Marquet was born in 1875 in Bordeaux, France. He was very young and quite destitute when he went to Paris and began studying at the School of Decorative Arts under Gustave Moreau. Matisse was also a student there at the time and, to earn money, Matisse and Marquet decorated the halls for the Paris Exposition of 1900 in Moreau’s Art Nouveau style.
Once he had established himself with a career, Marquet spent most of his time at his studio on the Quai St. Michel in Paris and in various seaports all over Europe and Africa. He lived simply and quietly with no regard for public opinion and refusing all public honors.
Marquet returned to France in 1912 and devoted himself entirely to landscapes, repeating the same subjects, but presenting them at different times of day, in different seasons. A talented draughtsman, he worked in simple, rapid lines and applied soft colors in delicate tones that, at first glance, appeared to be monotones.