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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Henri Martin
LE BASSIN À LABASTIDE-DU-VERT (L'ATELIER DE L'ARTISTE À MARQUAYROL)
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LOT SOLD. 372,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Henri Martin
LE BASSIN À LABASTIDE-DU-VERT (L'ATELIER DE L'ARTISTE À MARQUAYROL)
Estimate
300,000400,000
LOT SOLD. 372,500 USD
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Henri Martin
1860 - 1943
LE BASSIN À LABASTIDE-DU-VERT (L'ATELIER DE L'ARTISTE À MARQUAYROL)
Signed Henri Martin (lower left)
Oil on canvas
35 3/4 by 46 in.
91 by 117 cm
Painted circa 1925.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Cyrille Martin.

Provenance

Galerie Georges Petit, Paris
Private Collection, France (acquired from the above in 1929)
Private Collection, France (by descent from the above and sold: Sotheby’s, London, June 29, 1988, lot 144)
Richard Green Fine Paintings, London (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired from the above in February 1989

Catalogue Note

In 1900, Henri Martin bought a property in Labastide-du-Vert, a small village near Toulouse in France's Midi-Pyrénées region. Marquayrol, a large seventeenth-century house overlooking the rolling thirty-acre property, would become not only Martin’s summer home but also the backdrop for his newfound artistic style; surrounded by the French countryside, he abandons his early representations of allegory and myth and shifts his focus to depictions of nature. As the artist Martin mused: "My preoccupation with rendering atmospheric effects increased...after three months in the country, face to face with nature. Trying to capture its diverse effects, I was compelled to paint it differently. The natural light, now brilliant, then diffuse, which softened the contours of figures and landscape, powerfully obliged me to translate it any way I could, but other than using a loaded brush—through pointillé and the breaking up of tone" (quoted in Eden Close at Hand: The Paintings of Henri Martin (exhibition catalogue), Beverly Hills, 2005, p. 26).

The works from this period are considered to be some of Martin's most notable compositions. As the artist once said, "My preoccupation with rendering atmospheric effects increased later, after three months in the country, face to face with nature. Trying to capture its diverse effects, I was compelled to paint it differently. The natural light, now brilliant, then diffuse, which softened the contours of figures and landscape, powerfully obliged me to translate it any way I could, but other than using a loaded brush, through pointille and the breaking up of tone" (quoted in Henri Martin (exhibition catalogue), Musée Henri Martin, Cahors, 1992, p. 89).

 

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