HENRI JEAN GUILLAUME MARTIN
Signed 'Henri Martin' bottom left, oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 25 5/8 in. (46 x 65.1cm)
Niveau Gallery, New York, New York.
Collection of Dorrance H. Hamilton.
Henri Jean Guillaume Martin is best known as a prominent member of the Neo-Impressionist movement, and was a popular and successful artist during his lifetime. Born in Toulouse, he studied in Paris and exhibited many of his works in the French capital's salons and galleries. Inspired by one of the founders of Neo-Impressionism, Albert Dubois-Pillet (1846-1890), the artist employed a pointillist-like technique, with numerous dots and short lines of color closely positioned in thick impasto. Preferring the country to the city, Martin purchased a stone manor home called 'Marquayrol,' in the South of France near Cahors, where he would spend much of his time each year painting the house and the surrounding area. He often used a bright palette of warm and cool colors, harmonizing them with his variable, fragmented brushstrokes to create landscapes akin to those painted by Georges Seurat (1859-1891).
The present lot is typical of the lovely landscapes Martin executed while in the countryside. The colors of the meadow, trees, and sky alternate between warm and cool to produce a dappled effect of light across the canvas.
Sold for $50,000 (buyer's premium included)