Boats in the Port of Collioure, circa 1923-1930
Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 28 3/4 inches
Signed Martin lower right 18th-Century Louis XV Frame
The fishing village of Collioure had already been discovered by artists seeking quaint, colorful subjects when celebrated French painter Henri Martin purchased his house there in 1923.
Henri Martin’s distinctive Post-Impressionist technique, employing a pattern of discreet strokes of local color on a tobacco-tint linen canvas, brilliantly captures the intensity of hue and the shimmering reflective surfaces of this ancient seaport under the radiant Mediterranean sun.