Reflections c.1930

by Jacques Martin-Ferrières

£32,500

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 32 x 26 in./81.3 x 66 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed upper left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Jacques Martin-Ferrières continually painted subjects of landscapes and nature within Southern regions of France, usually standing out for his vivid use of colours and excellent skill. He gradually became known for his technique of thick application of paint, applying layers to the canvas in a freer brushstroke, to create balanced compositions of animation and tantalising effects of light. We can see this in the painting Reflections, as he reflects the light off the water of a river, with subtle harmonies of ochre and green tones.

Jacques Martin-Ferrières paintings stand out for their vivid use of colours and excellent skill, mainly depicting the subjects of still lifes, portraiture and landscapes, most commonly Southern France and Venice. He received formal training at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, studying under Frederic Cormon and Ernest Laurent, but learnt the pointillist technique from his father, famed Impressionist Henri Martin. However, he gradually became known for his own technique of thick application of paint, applying layers to the canvas in a freer brushstroke, to create balanced compositions of animation and tantalising effects of light. We can see this in the painting Reflections, as he reflects the light off the water of a river, with subtle harmonies of ochre and green tones.

Private Collection, France

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Jacques Martin-Ferrieres was born in 1893 in Saint-Paul de Vence in South Eastern France into a family of artists, including his father Henri Martin, the famous pointillist. He began his formal training at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, studying under Frederic Cormon and Ernest Laurent, but soon looking away from academic conventions and restraints of the day. He gradually became known for his thick application of paint, applying it in layers to give the canvas a type of animation, as well as learning the pointillist technique from father. Martin, he became known as a painter of portraits and landscapes. He also enjoyed painting in Winter from the 1950’s onwards. He exhibited regularly in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français and was able to submit work without vetting. There he received an honourable mention in 1920, a silver medal in 1923, and a travel scholarship in 1924.In 1925, he received the national prize before finally being awarded a gold medal in 1928. He was also awarded The Legay-Lebrun prize (Prix de L’Institut). In 1965 he exhibited in Paris in an exhibition of Venetian landscapes and snow landscapes. He became known for his use of thick impasto which created a surface of great vitality and a wonderful basis for his experimentation with the effects of light.

 

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