Orchard in a French Village

Signed and dated [19]73
Oil on canvas
70cm h x 91cm w
Inv. 201

What seems at first glance an ordinary view of a not so well kept orchard behind a street in a French village, is enhanced by an excellent treatment of the light. Against the geometric background of the simple buildings, the flood of summer light brightens up the thick meadow and the contorted trees. Fr Martin’s naturalistic approach, helped by a great variety of brushstrokes, gives us the sensation of feeling the grass and touching the trees.


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