Lot 281
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HENRI MARTIN | Le Bassin et le tonnelle

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  • Henri Martin
  • Le Bassin et le tonnelle
  • Signed Henri Martin (lower left)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 30 by 37 in.
  • 76.2 by 94 cm
  • Painted in 1910.


Galerie Serret-Fauveau, Paris
Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired from the above and sold: Sotheby's, New York, May 11, 2000, lot 163)
Acquired at the above sale

Catalogue Note

As Martin once 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), Anderson Galleries, Beverly Hills & Hammer Galleries, New York, 2005, p. 26).

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the late Cyrille Martin.