Jacques Martin-Ferrières (French, 1893-1972) Le marché de Raguse en Yougoslavie, avec la fontaine, circa 1938
Oil on canvas
Measures: 22-3/4 x 29-1/4 inches (57.8 x 74.3 cm)
Framed: 31 x 38 inches
Signed lower left: Jac Martin-Ferrières
Provenance: Christie’s East, New York, November 14, 1989, lot 149; Private collection, Alpine, New Jersey.
Condition: Excellent original condition. No defects or inpaint detected. Original canvas and stretcher. Some minor undulations on right side due to thickness of paint. Frame with nicks.
A painter remarkable for his highly personal portraits, still-life and landscape views, Jacques Martin-Ferrières was the son of the great Post-Impressionist painter Henri Martin (1860-1943). He studied with his father and with Frederic Cormon (1845-1924). Like his father, Martin-Ferrières became a master at reproducing the scintillating effects of light on canvas. Despite his father’s strong influence, though, Jac developed a technique that was uniquely his own: paint is applied in swift and short brushstrokes of opaque color, at times overlapping and at times separated, revealing a pale ground layer and producing a mosaic-like surface.
Martin-Ferrières was awarded many national prizes, including an honorable mention at the Salon of 1920, a silver medal in 1923, the National Prize in 1925, and a Gold Medal and Legay-Lebrun Prize in 1928. He was a regular and respected exhibitor at the annual Salon des Artistes Français. Martin-Ferrieres interrupted his painting career to serve in the French resistance movement during World War II. Although he lost an eye while a prisoner of war, he resumed his art efforts around 1950. His works were shown in Paris in 1965 at an exhibition of landscapes and snow paintings, displaying his use of the thick, impastic surface which gave his paintings depth and a shimmering quality. A retrospective of his work in Paris in 1965 confirmed his respected status.