La passion de peindre

Henri Marret

Zone de Texte: « The Bay of Tangier »  National Museum - Poznań (Poland)

In 1902 Henri Marret made a journey in Morocco. When he executes this painting  in 1905 Marret is a young artist who is only 27 years old.


This oil evokes the boarding of bulls aboard a merchantman in the natural harbour of Tangier ( Morocco ).

In a rough sea, the artist sets with strength the mechanical power of the smoking cargo boat and the fight of the rowers against elements to join the cargo boat.


In 1905 during his visit of the  French Artists Exhibition in Paris, count Edward Aleksander Raczynski goes buyer of this work presented by Henri Marret (oil registered n°1286 ). This painting is intended to be exposed in his  " Gallery of the Polish and European modern painting ".


Nowadays this work belongs to the Foundation of the Raczynski family by the Poznan National Museum, and is displayed in one room of the Rogalin Palace, which is part of the National Museum

The Bay of Tangier (Zatoka w Tangerze )

Oil on canvas - 100 x 69 cm

Signed and  dated low left corner

©  Foundation of the Raczyński family ( Rogalin- Palace Poznan-Pologne )

Fundacja im. Raczynskich przy Muzeum Narodowym w Poznaniu

Natural harbour of Tangier  ( detail )


Signed H.Marret and dated 1905

Low left corner

Preparatory drawing in the picture

« The Bay of Tangier »

Graphite on paper  ( 50 x 32 cm )

low left corner two rowers’ sketches


Natural harbour of Tangier (detail)

Loading of the bulls on board the merchantman


Natural harbour of Tangier  ( detail )

Bulls in the rowboat