Concarneau Museum: Maritime Scenes,
painted in an English Style.
The Painter, Hubert Mournier is a descendant of a Binic sea-faring family (Cotes d’Armor Brittany).
Publicly he is better known by the pseudonym “Cartahu”; the name for a rope used to transfer cargos and light house keepers at sea.
When starting to dabble with acrylics in 1977 he first became inspired by surrealism but then went on to explore Japanese painting.
In 1988 returning to his origins, in the coastal village of Pordic, he became motivated to capture the enhanced lighting of the sea and skies of Maritime Brittany in oils.
His inspiration took on an historical aspect as shown by his paintings in the temporary Exhibition in May 2010 at the Concarneau Fishing Museum, entitled “Back in Time”.
It was a series of former British 18th Centuary seascapes, Meticulously painted in a style that avoids the old heroics & pomposity.
His most impressive canvas was that showing the unfortunate Naval Combat that occurred during a storm off Plozevet in Audierne Bay on the 13th of January 1797 between the French Ship of the Line “Droits de l’Homme” 74 guns and the English Frigates “HMS Indefatigable” 44 guns and “HMS Amazon” 36 guns.
Another of his paintings also showed a rough weather scene, this time of 1833, when the tugboat “Sphinx” was needed to tow the “Luxor” bringing the Egyptian Obelisk to France.