Henri-Jean-Guillaume Martin (1860-1943) was a French painter. In 1879, after winning the Grand Prix École des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse, he moved to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Fascinated by Veronese and other Venetian painters, in 1885 he took a trip to Italy, which influenced his artistic path. Upon his return, he exhibited at French Salons for years. Inspired by the art of Gustave Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes, Georges Seurat and Giovanni Segantini, he developed his own painting technique similar to post-impressionism. For a while he was associated with the Symbolist group of the Rosicrucians, exhibiting at their Salon. The author of numerous paintings in public buildings in Paris, Toulouse, Lyon and Marseille.
Description of the painting:
On the canvas a forest landscape is visible. The work is based on vertical lines. The central element is the title stream. The artist with irregular brush strokes conveys the lightly wavy surface of the water. This creates an impression of movement in the work. In the water’s mirror the green crowns of trees lining the banks are reflected. At the left edge of the picture the shoreline is clearly outlined and another vertical element is the tree trunk. The work is another example of the artist’s personal technique, which is based on almost pure colors applied in small dots. The composition, viewed from a certain distance, begins to merge, creating the impression of mistiness and ephemerality of the view.