Art in the press


Jounieh Bay View. Circa 1930


Oil painting on panel of 46cm x 36cm representing the bay of Jounieh in the 1930s with a view of the hill of Adma and Ghazir, with the fishing boats, painted by the French painter Jean Julien (1888-1974), student of Fernand Cormon and friend of Marcel Pagnol, Fernandel and Tino Rossi he was a regular exhibitor of the salon of French artists and designs posters for tourism and murals painting of the school of the rue St Martin in Paris in 1933 and of the opera of Marseille. He resided in Lebanon during his trip to Mediterranean Francecountry’sto paint Mediterranean landscapes in order to prepare advertising posters for the PLM company (from Paris to Lyon and the Mediterranean) of the railways and to participate in exhibitions encouraged by the authorities of the French mandate à Beirut being the cultural and artistic center of the east lands (pays du Levant). His pointillism technic is of the neo-impressionist current.

Julien was the author of many tourist posters including one on tourism in Lebanon around 1930.

Provenance: Private collection of Dr. Philippe Chedid. Acquired in 1934 from the exhibition of the Hotel St Georges organized by Georges Vayssie and signed below in Arabic and French especially for this event of Franco-Lebanese collaboration as well as all the paintings of the exhibition and among them the Pines Residence of Philippe Mourani (1875-1970).

Elie Chedid