Fortuné Car was born in 1905 in Marseille and died in 1970. He is a famous Provençal artist, born into a family where painting was passed on from generation to generation.
In the 1930s, he took over the studio of his uncle who was a theater decorator. This vast workshop allowed him to create sets for theaters and performance halls in the region, notably the Marseille Opera. In 1939, mobilized, Fortuné Car entrusted his workshop to his younger brother. On his return, he abandoned the painting of theatrical decorations to move towards easel painting.
In this district of the Old Port, he quickly found his way in the vein of Provençal painting, with its landscapes of the hinterland, its small ports on the coast and its scenes of fishermen. His painting is characterised by its strong and bright colours, enriched by his mastery of the brush and especially the knife became well sought after throughout France. His reputation as a masterful painter from Provence travelled the world, in particular to Canada, where Fortuné Car was a member of the Royal Academy of Painting in Montreal.