Charles Louis Mozin (1806-1862)


Charles Louis Mozin flourished during his lifetime as a regional painter of the waterways of Normandy coast. His marine atmospheres and nautical subjects displayed an individual style which bloomed from the best of the Dutch and British traditions. His work proved popular, and led to his early contributions to the emerging French impressionists, exhibiting annually in the Paris salon from 1824 on.

Mozin studied under Auguste-Xavier Leprince, and initially produced patriotic images of the French navy in action. He also began a large series of landscape lithographs of the Trouville region and Normandy coast. He developed a precursory style which, combined with his exact sense of portraying dramatic action, brought the marine atmospheres to life. The importance of varied weather conditions may have developed during his interactions with his noted contemporary of the north coast, Eugene Boudin.

Working from his adoptive hometown of Trouville, he frequented many of the channel ports and painted a variety of marine paintings, all while continuing to produce landscapes. His contributions are recognized as early works of French maritime history and coastal geography of excellent artistic quality.