- Henri Martin
- Port de Marseille - le clocher des Accoules
- signed Henri Martin (lower right)
- oil on canvas
Sale: Maître Marc-Arthur Kohn, Deauville, 19th August 1998
Private Collection, Israel (sale: Sotheby's, London, 23rd October 2001, lot 123)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
When describing Martin's personal interpretation of Impressionist techniques, Jules Laforgue remarked, “The shapes are given not by a outline drawing, but only by vibrations and contrasts in colours. The painting whatever it represents, the light of the studio is replaced by natural light and work indoors, by work in the open air… A lover of reality, he does not want it to impose upon him its feelings but to help him to transfigure his dream of beauty with a more accurate, a more lively eloquence. He borrowed the Impressionists' technique to reveal a quite subjective art. Impressionism gave Henri Martin his expression, but it does not impose upon him its inspiration” (Jacques Martin-Ferrières, Henri Martin, Paris, 1967, pp. 33-34).