Much in the Impressionist tradition, Martin found inspiration in the changing light and seasons, and his ability to distill the sensations of sunshine and heat is revealed to particular effect through the application of dappled points of paint within the present work. Jacques Martin-Ferrières, the artist's son, wrote of the importance of this technique within Martin’s art: "If I look at a fragment of Henri Martin's canvas...I immediately recognize it. I see a great number of dots of different colors, as precious and rare as precious stones. His palette is an enchantment. Many different interminglings of colors make a rare and rich harmony... And it is much more difficult to find a good harmony of colors when representing nature than to assemble some nice colors, representing nothing" (Jacques Martin-Ferrières, Henri Martin, Paris, 1967, p. 42).
Fig. 1 Henri Martin, Autoportrait dans le jardin, oil on canvas, Private Collection
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