Edmond Fontan, who was a stone-cutter’s son, (Bordeaux, May 9, 1854 - February 18, 1929) was a draughtsman for the railroad company of the Midi region. He was an amateur watercolorist, was interested in the historical center of Bordeaux and criss-crossed the region. As he mastered the technique perfectly, he devoted himself to reconstituting materials and ambiances. Starting in 1882, he exhibited at the Salon de Paris, and as a member of local art associations, such as the Amis des arts or l’Atelier, he received numerous medals. 

A selection of his works proposes a view of Old Bordeaux at the turning point between the 19th and 20th centuries.