We love to hunt in the brocantes of France to find paintings and treasures by artists who enjoyed notoriety in Europe but who may not have been as well known in the United States during the early to mid 20th Century. The color work of this artist was astonishing and made us smile, so we offer it here. Pierre Ambrogiani (1907-1985) was born in Corsica but grew up in Marseille, France. His brothers Pascal and Toussaint (Toussaint d'Orcino) and his sister Helene were artists, and in 1937 Ambrogiani decided to follow them, establishing himself with colorful French landscapes. He soon branched into figural paintings in oil, gouache and watercolor, and became known as the 'Gourmand of Color' for his rich and riotous color work. He received the Prix International de la Biennale de Menton in 1951, the Grand Prix des Peintres Temoins de leur Temps in 1967, and the Prix du Gemail in 1968. The Musee de la Vieille Charite de Marseille in 1973 honored Ambrogiani with a major exhibit and retrospective of his work. This is a gouache brightly painted of a pirate with a musket, standing his ground against two horsemen in the background. Circa late 1940s to early 1950s. Signed. Contemporary framing. 28 cm by 23 cm framed.