View of the rooftops of Labastide-du-Vert in summer is a prime example of one of Martin’s simple landscape scenes that show an extraordinary sensitivity to nuances of light and atmosphere.
“My preoccupation with rendering atmospheric effects increased later, after three months in the country, face to face with nature. Trying to capture its diverse effects, I was compelled to paint it differently. The natural light, now brilliant, then diffuse, which softened the contours of figures and landscape, powerfully obliged me to translate it any way I could, but other than using a loaded brush, through pointille and the breaking up of tone” (quoted in Henri Martin (exh. cat.), Musée Henri Martin, Cahors, 1992, p. 89).
In 1900, Henri Martin purchased Marquayrol, a 17th Century house in the commune of Labastide du Vert. This peaceful retreat in south west France marked a turning point in Martin’s artistic career. Charmed by this bucolic surrounding, Martin moved away from allegorical references and devoted his time to capturing the natural environment right in front of him.