Lisette cousant, assise sous une des tounelle de Marquayrol
Signed lower right
Oil on canvas
29 1/2 x 23 in, 74.9 x 58.4 cm
In 1913 Martin painted the monumental work 'Les Tricoteuses', showing that he still engaged with figurative painting after 1910. It was first exhibited in the Salon des Artes Français that...
In 1913 Martin painted the monumental work 'Les Tricoteuses', showing that he still engaged with figurative painting after 1910. It was first exhibited in the Salon des Artes Français that same year and has since been held in the collections of Musée d’Orsay, Paris and Musée des Beaux Artes, Nantes. Martin created multiple preparatory paintings for 'Les Tricoteuses', including 'Lisette cousant, assise sous une des tounelle de Marquayrol'.
'Les Tricoteuses' depicts a group of women sewing, and it is these women that are the focus of both studies. Without the need for allegorical imagery Martin celebrates the joy of the everyday world. This follows contemporary thought that the most modest of tasks were the most important because of their simplicity and purity. The artist delights in the humble act of sewing, depicting his figures almost like angels in the garden, dressed in white and surrounded by halos of light and colour.
From 1900 Martin spent a decade creating a pergola in the western corner of his garden in Marquayrol. Designed in the classical Tuscan style it features in many of his paintings. The pergola became the perfect setting for Mme Martin, family and friends to relax away from the heat of the midday sun.
Hammer Galleries, New York, 1973 (no.22374-3)
Barrington Hills, Illinois
Private Collection, Switzerland
This work is accompanied by a photo certificate issued by Cyrille Martin and dated 22 March 2010