Cyrille Martin has confirmed the authenticity of this work. Marie-Anne Destrebecq-Martin will include this work in her forthcoming Henri Martin catalogue raisonné.
In 1900, at the age of 40, Henri Martin purchased a large 17th Century house overlooking the village of Labastide-du-Vert in the Lot
in south-west France. Marquayrol, as the house was called, fulfilled the artist's dream of a house where he could sit and paint, a house which he described as 'une vielle habitation avec un toit Louis XIII et des tonnelles sans terres ou presque. Donc une maison plutôt placée sur un hauteur, assez vaste... l'entourage immédiat de la maison avec un jardin ou parc et de grands alentours avec de paysages que je puisse peindre' (exh. cat. Henri Martin 1860-1943, Cahors, 1993, p. 97-98).
Set on the side of a hill in sixty acres of land and overlooking the village and the surrounding valley, Marquayrol became Martin's summer retreat and, every year between May and November, the artist revelled in the beauty and serenity of nature that he lacked in Paris. Marquayrol remained Martin's connection with nature and light for more than forty years, providing him with both his subject matter and his inspiration.