Relying on the neo-impressionistic techniques of pointillism and divisionism, landscape painter Henri Martin would lovingly capture the bridges, stone buildings and woods of La Bastide du Vert near his hometown of Toulouse, France. As Giverny is to Monet, so this small village became to Martin, and though his work would include large scale murals and other subjects, he would always find the most inspiration in the landscapes and scenery of the town.
Born in 1860 he would train at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Jules Garipuy and Eugene Delacroix. He moved to Paris in 1879 to study with Jean Paul Laurens at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, and begin exhibiting at the Paris Salons only a year later.
The quality of his work won him a scholarship for a painting tour in Italy, and it was here that he found a new freedom in his work. Upon his return, Martin would begin experimenting with pointillism, using it for his preferred landscape subjects. He soon expanded his style to include elements of Symbolism, going so far as to exhibit with them at the first Salon de la Rose Croix in 1892.
He adopted pointillism as his preferred technique and used it throughout the rest of his career, and is considered a master of this method. He received commissions in 1895 and 190s to paint important murals in both Paris and his home town of Toulouse, during which time he became a close friend of the sculptor, Rodin.
He settled permanently in Marquayrol, near Bastide du Vert, and died in 1943. His works are in many private collections as well as large museums, including the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Musee d'Orsay.