Tha authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Cyrille Martin.
The present work depicts the medieval village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, east of Cahors, which is considered one of the most beautiful areas of the Lot valley. Martin purchased a house there in 1911 and eventually sold it to the the surrealist artist and poet, André Breton.
The canvas is not lined. There are areas of fluorescence in the sky throughout the upper part of the canvas visible under UV light, all due to an uneven varnish. Apart from a pinhead-sized spot of support loss to the left of the lower edge and two pinhead-sized spots of paint loss towards the upper right corner, this work is in good condition.
Colours: The colours are more vibrant and richer, and the sky is brighter and the reds stronger in the original. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."