Henri Jean Guillaume Martin (French, 1860-1943), oil on canvas pointillist painting depicting a vineyard worker in a field, standing atop a wagon and working at a grape press. We wish to thank Marie-Anne Destrebecq-Martin, wife of Henri Jean Guillaume Martin’s grandson, Cyrille Martin, for adding this work to the Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin Catalog Raisonne and identifying it as a study for “Les Vendanges,” a triptych mural created by Martin circa 1927 for the Lot Prefecture Hotel in Cahors, France. The mural, located in a staircase leading to the General Council Hall, celebrates the importance of wine making in the region. (The triptych and more information about its history may be viewed here: http://henri-martin.net/troisieme-partie-le-decorateur/chapitre-iv-les-oeuvres-de-la-vieillesse/c-celebration-de-la-vigne-decoration-de-cahors-et-de-beziers/1-cahors-lescalier-dhonneur-de-la-prefecture/ ). Label en verso for Kurt E. Schon Ltd. Galleries (Vienna and New Orleans). Titled on brass plaque on front of frame, “L’Homme au Pressoir” and on remnants of other old paper label en verso. 24″ x 15″ canvas, 29″ x 20″ framed. Provenance: the collection of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Slaymaker, Nashville, Tennessee, purchased from Kurt Schon Galleries, New Orleans, 1988 (receipt accompanies lot). Biography: French Neo-Impressionist painter Henri Martin lived most of his life in Marquayrol, near Bastide-du-Vert. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Jean-Paul Laurens. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais in Paris starting in 1880, and won a medal at the 1883 Salon. A few years later, influenced by Georges Seurat and Edmond Aman-Jean, he began experimenting with pointillism, applying dots and stripes of color in order to capture the vibrant light of the South of France in his landscapes. It would become his signature style. Martin was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1896, won a gold medal at La Fete de la Federation in 1889, and in 1900 won the grand prize at the Exposition Universelle. He was named Commander of the Legion of Honour in 1914. (Source: Askart, Musee D’Orsay). CONDITION: Excellent condition. Relined.
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