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Henri Martin (French, 1860-1943)
Henri Martin (French, 1860-1943)

Autoportrait à La Bastide-du-Vert

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Henri Martin (French, 1860-1943)
Autoportrait à La Bastide-du-Vert
signed 'Henri Martin' (lower left)
oil on canvas
23¾ x 34¾ in. (60.3 x 88.2 cm.)
Painted in 1905
Provenance
Anon. sale., Sotheby's London, 3 December 1986, lot 209, where purchased by the present owner.
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Please note that Cyril Martin has kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Lot Essay

Henri Martin travelled extensively, but it was the light in Italy which began to effect changes in his style. The process was intensified by his subsequent discovery of the light in La Bastide-du-Vert, where he lived in the south west of France.

The present work is one of Martin's rare self-portraits. Martin painted this work in Marquayrol, a large 17th century house in the village of La Bastide-du-Vert which he purchased in 1900. Marquayrol became Martin's favorite summer retreat where he would retire from the city between the months of May and September.
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