"Jacques Martin-ferrieres: Venice, The Grand Canal And The Gondolas"
Jacques MARTIN-FERRIERES (1893-1972) Venice, the grand canal and the gondolas Oil on canvas 38 x 55 cm Signed lower left Painting in perfect condition Modern framing Sold with invoice and certificate of authenticity Fourth son of the painter Henri Martin, Jacques Martin-Ferrières is very early in school under the leadership of his father. He will definitively devote himself to his passion for painting after studying chemistry, which will allow him, initiated to the requirements of pigments, to prepare his own colors. It begins with interior decorations, female portraits, already against a background of large landscapes with expressive features. Curious about everything, a musician - with an excellent level in cello and piano - he likes to go to theaters and concerts where he sketches face after face with a firm and facetious pencil. His first exhibitions at the Salon (1920, 1923) were a success. In 1924 he obtained a scholarship there which opened the doors to the traditional trip to Italy: he then painted Venice, Florence, Rome, Assisi, he took a taste for travel, and will now live crisscrossing Europe - Spain, Italy, Greece , Croatia, Scotland, Holland, Germany, Switzerland - summer traveling with a brush in hand as soon as a motif stops him, winter in his studio, nourishing his works with the experience of travel. Flowers often also hold the attention of this colourist, those of the garden, planted for future compositions, or in bouquets picked for the workshop. In 1928, he undertook the decoration of the church of St Christophe de Javel in Paris. The success of this ensemble brought him other orders, in St-Ouen, Romans-sur-Isère, Montauban, St Louis in Marseille. The war comes to put a brake on this magnificent impetus. Jacques, following the brutalities suffered then, gradually loses the use of an eye: the painter will not reappear until 1956, but the large compositions in which his vitality, his talent and his warm but always a little mocking gaze are over. expressed themselves so well. However, he began to travel again, especially in the United States where he exhibited regularly. Until his death he will paint, until his death he will exhibit. The landscapes and flowers of Martin-Ferrières keep us company today with as much life, warmth and color as if he were going to enter the room. Marie-Anne Destrebecq-Martin