"Art imitates nature, but completes its deficiencies" - Aristotle (384–322 BC)

Monaco Port - The lost image

This is a view of Monaco's old port where the local fisherman berthed their fishing vessels long before the yachts began to be a prominent part of the landscape. The watercolour is a lost image because the point from which Matthew Moss painted the scene, the boats nestling in safety below the cliff face and fortified walls of the old part of the Principality of Monaco, no longer exists.

The contemporary landscape painter has, today, much in common with the archaeologist; trying to record or save an image or a site before the builders move in to obliterate the scene forever. The old stone walls that marked the entrance to the port of Monaco on which Matthew sat one early Spring to record this image of the port and the old town was demolished shortly after the work of art was completed. If you go to http://artmontecarlo.com/studio_rembrandt.php you will see that this painting forms the landscape background to at least two of the 'Adventures of Rembrandt' paintings in the series.

The Romance of Monte-Carlo are available for book illustrations, annual reports, paper and packaging, giftware, related products. You can license them in the following format: Original transparencies in 6 x 6 cm. (2¼ in.) format, high-resolution RGB drum scans on DVD or efficient and quick E-Mail or FTP upload.