George Philibert Maroniez, a well-known landscape artist, was born in Douai, France, in 1865. He was a student of Jules Breton, and later a member of the “Salon des Artistes Français” (1889). Maroniez received awards for his work in 1891,1905, and 1906.
The artist is most renown for his sea paintings, and those paintings with fishermen. Although most of his works are marine scenes, Maroniez did not like to be described as a “marine painter”. His landscapes represent “true and just” images of the ports of Holland and Brittany in the late nineteenth century. His use of light and colour had considerable influence on photographic styles of painting, and continues to be popular today.