Homer Dodge Martin USA

10-28-1836 Albany, USA - 2-12-1897 St. Paul, USA

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Martin, Homer Dodge

Homer Dodge Martin was a pupil for a short time of William Hart, his earlier work was closely aligned with the Hudson River School. Other Albany painters of his acquaintance included George Boughton, and Edward Gay.

During the 1860s he spent the summers in the Adirondacks, Catskills and White Mountains, and painted landscapes from the sketches he made there at his studio in New York City's Tenth Street Studio Building.

Homer Dodge Martin was elected as associate of the National Academy of Design, New York, in 1868, and a full academician in 1874. During a trip to Europe in 1876, he was captivated by the Barbizon school and the Impressionists, and thereafter his painting style gradually became darker, moodier, and more loosely brushed.

From 1882 to 1886, Homer Dodge Martin lived in France, spending much of the time in Normandy, including stays at the Etaples art colony. His work there included a topographical view of the harbor in which a wooden hulled ship is being built in the distance and a steam ship is seen moored on the quays. The rather more atmospheric Cottage in the Forest captures the effect of the parting sun on the dune landscape. At Villerville on the Seine, Homer Dodge Martin painted his celebrated Harp of the Winds.

By 1897 Martin had returned to New York City; in 1893 he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where, nearly blind, Homer Dodge Martin painted one of his best-known works, Adirondack Scenery (1895) from memory. Although never successful within his lifetime, within two years of his death Adirondack Scenery sold for $5500 and Harp of the Winds (1895) was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Art Movement: Barbizon School
Influences: William Hart
Traveled: France
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