An entirely self-taught artist, Pierre Ambrogiani defines himself as a “gourmet of colour”. Born into a modest family, he sought refuge in his inner world from an early age thanks to his artistic talent. His prolific career profoundly marked the French Expressionist movement.


Marseille and the beginnings of Provençal painting.

Pierre Ambrogiani was born in Ajaccio, and his family resettled in Marseille. His youth was that of the children of his new hometown. He developed his artistic expression at a young age and was attracted to drawing and modeling. As a child, he built small figurines of clay covered from the nearby ground.

He painted his figurines as characters from his neighborhood, such as a lamplighter.

At the age of 12, he became a “little telegraphist”, a kind of letter carrier. The following year he exhibited his figures in a crib at an annual meeting of mail carriers. In 1923, his colorful figurines attracted the attention of painter Auzias. He invited him to share an exhibit space at the goldsmith Langlois.

Little by little, the young artist found himself the forerunner of a Provencal painting style known as “action painting”, including found objects in the paint.

Pierre Ambrogiani. Colorist of the South of France.

In 1937, he decided to consecrate himself entirely to painting. He was a regular participant in the Salon d’Automne, of which he became a member.

From 1948 to 1980, he was part of numerous collective exhibitions of contemporary art in France and abroad in Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, New York, London, Oxford, Philadelphia, Turin, and Zurich.

Over the years, Pierre Ambrogiani has become renowned in France. He is a personality of international stature, carrying high the South of France’s colors.

His works reveal a modern Provence, where forms dissolve into color.

Stripping form and drawing, the artist gets closer to an abstraction, willingly figurative.

Pierre Ambrogiani. A different perspective on Provence landscape painting

Pierre Ambrogiani invests himself in a great wealth of themes: portraits, nudes, landscapes, or still lifes. His palette, blue, lilac, madder, sulfur, green, and orange, follows after the colors mentioned in 1888 by Vincent Van Gogh.

The seemingly unfinished aspect of his paintings eventually imposes an innovative vision of the Provençal landscape.

Marcel Pagnol said of him: “.When watching his still lifes, farms, and reapers, it is not ridiculous to pronounce the name of Cézanne”.

From 1962 on, Pierre Ambrogiani’s name appeared frequently in auction houses, in Marseille, and at Drouot, in Paris.

Since 1990, his work has been part of the Estade permanent collection. It is featured in the Gallery four locations in Paris, Lyon, Toulon, and Baden-Baden.

Pierre Ambrogiani. Price of his work

Pierre Ambrogiani. His value

Understanding how the price of an artist like Pierre Ambrogiani is set and evolves is not always obvious, whatever the medium, painting, sculpture, drawing, lithograph.

Depending on the artist and his medium, this is particularly true for Pierre Ambrogiani. The price of some works can sometimes reach millions of euros.

Art lovers, collectors, regular buyers, or investors are often startled by such price difference. It is understandable.

So how do you explain the price of an artwork by an artist like Pierre Ambrogiani? It depends on several criteria: the artist notoriety his impact in art history, his boldness, creativity, inventiveness, his recognition by his peers, by art experts, gallery owners, specialized cultural institutions, reputable auction houses, the uniqueness of the work, the creation date (some periods of an artist’s career are more valuable than others, the medium and technique, etc.

An oil on canvas by Pierre Ambrogiani sells between €7,000 and €25,000. A gouache sells between €2,000 and €5,000.

Pierre Ambrogiani. Estimate

To determine the price of a drawing by Pierre Ambrogiani or any other artist on the art market, art experts or auctioneers use a database and study the latest selling prices for similar works. They examine a set of precise criteria. Work dimension, theme, medium, material, the uniqueness of the work, and its condition are significant factors determining the artwork’s price.

Pierre Ambrogiani. Authentication

Do you own an artwork signed by Pierre Ambrogiani? The signature is the first step in its authentication. Unfortunately, “signed” and “authenticated” do not necessarily add up because a signature can be reproduced.

Many artists, like Pierre Ambrogiani, have their signature forged. A certificate of authenticity is required to sell the work on the art market and get the best price. An expert specializing in the artists’ work or a gallery owner needs to sign the certificate of authenticity.

Pierre Ambrogiani. Buy or sell an artwork by Pierre Ambrogiani

You wish to sell or buy a work by Pierre Ambrogiani? Here are some options:
you can purchase an artwork at the best price during a public auction, buy in lots, or series.
However, this process requires a serious commitment on your part.

A private sale between individuals allows for a more personal and confidential transaction with a gallery owner or a professional art expert. They will guide you through the process. Their expertise and tailor-made advice will help you complete this exceptional purchase.

The Estades Gallery brings you the opportunity to acquire major works by Pierre Ambrogiani, whether print, drawing, original signed lithograph, oil on canvas. Beyond buying and selling art, the Estades gallery will offer you expert advice and guide you in your art investment, whether you are an enthusiastic amateur or a dedicated collector.

See some examples of works by Pierre AMBROGIANI available for sale
See the work of Masters of Provence exhibited at the Estades Gallery
Born janvier 1907
Died septembre 1985

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