Henri-Jean-Guillaume Martin (French, 1860-1943) La Vallée du Lot à l'aplomb de Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
Lot 44* AR
Henri-Jean-Guillaume Martin
(French, 1860-1943)
La Vallée du Lot à l'aplomb de Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
Sold for £40,000 (US$ 64,014) inc. premium

Lot Details
Henri-Jean-Guillaume Martin (French, 1860-1943)
La Vallée du Lot à l'aplomb de Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
signed 'Henri Martin' (lower right)
oil on canvas
80.5 x 68.5cm (31 11/16 x 26 15/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    Sale, Christie's, New York, 11 May 1995, lot 251 (where purchased by Dr. Rau).

    The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Monsieur Cyrille Martin, who dates the work to 1910.

    Henri Martin trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse under Jules Garipuy, an artist still in thrall to his master Eugène Delacroix, before moving to Paris in 1879 and entering the studio of the history painter Jean-Paul Laurens. Despite this very traditional background he quickly fell under the influence of more avant-garde artists in the capital, and following a scholarship to Italy in 1885 developed a style similar to Neo-Impressionism using a characteristic technique of short, almost Divisonist, brushstrokes.

    Despite his success in the capital he remained a naturally introverted character. He withdrew to the countryside after 1900 and eventually settled in a remote area of the Lot near Cahors. The present work shows the cliffs near Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, a famously picturesque hamlet poised on a cliff top above the Lot river, some five miles from Martin's estate at Labastide-du-Vert, and in the richly bucolic tones of this deeply rural area he found his natural subject matter.

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