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Wonderful landscapes of Homer...

Son of a carpenter, almost self-taught, Homer Dodge Martin (1836-1897) was a precocious artist. From the age of 16, he carved out a fine reputation in Albany for his views of New York and New England. He received advice from James Mc Dougall Hart, from the famous Hudson school, and began exhibiting at the National Academy in 1857.

Edgar Degas. Eugène Manet. 1874. Collection particulière
Homer Dodge Martin. Mine de fer à Port Henry. 1862. Smithonian American Art Museum

From the 1860s, the landscapes, which he made a specialty of, increasingly reflected the impression that Homer Dodge Martin felt on seeing them, well beyond the almost photographic precision he could demonstrate. like the "Iron Mine at Port Henry". On this painting, the rendering of the rocks, the body of water, the vegetation and its reflections in the wave is simply exceptional.

Édouard Manet. Berthe Morisot. 1874. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lille
Homer Dodge Martin. a North woods lake. 1867. Smithonian American Art Museum

Over the years, Homer Dodge Martin has developed a freedom in a way that coincides with the use of less contrasting colors, which seem to melt into an atmosphere of hazy nostalgia. He will go to Europe, for the first time in 1876 where he will bind with James Abbott Whistler who invites him to paint with him in his studio. He will return to the old continent 5 years later and will stay there until 1886, notably in Normandy where he takes a number of notes in a notebook which he says "are seeds which will germinate over time".

Homer Dodge Martin. La mer à Villerville. 1885. Spencer Museum of Art
Homer Dodge Martin. La mer à Villerville. 1885. Spencer Museum of Art
Berthe Morisot. Eugène Manet et Julie dans le jardin de Bougival. 1883. Collection particulière
Homer Dodge Martin.© Peter A. Juley & Son Collection,

Homer Dodge Martin did not experience mainstream fame during his lifetime. Appreciated by art lovers, a sort of bridge between the pre-Impressionists and the Impressionists, influenced by Eugène Boudin or even Alfred Sisley, this discreet painter died, almost blind, in 1897 in Saint-Paul, Minnesota.

In his art history lectures, Fabrice Roy combines the past with the present, in a poetic and playful evocation of the French 19th century...


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