Maria Melania Mutermilch (Mela Muter)
- Maria Melania Mutermilch (Mela Muter)
the Port of Collioure
- signed Muter lower right
- oil on canvas
- 60 by 73cm., 23½ by 28¾in.
Painted in the mid 1920s.
Mela Muter travelled frenquently to Collioure, visiting nearly every year between 1921 and 1926. The church of Notre Dame des Anges can be seen as a reference point in the background. She found Collioure to be charming; a fishing town surrounded by history with its fortifications and towers. The fishing boats with their sashes of blue and red and green, the rooftops of orange and pink and the reflections off the water was a symphony of colour. Clearly interested in maintaining clean lines and true colour, Muter left areas of the canvas blank. The raw canvas in the foreground adds a palpable dimension to the docked boats reinforcing their significance to Collioure and its livelihood.