Homer Dodge Martin

Homer Dodge Martin

Homer Dodge Martin (1836–1897) was a native of Albany, New York and pupil for a short time of Hudson River School artist William Hart. He was elected as Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1868, and became a full Academician in 1874. After traveling to Europe in 1876, he became particularly influenced by the Barbizon school of painting, choosing a looser facture, and dark, lyrical, and evocative subject matter in the style of artists like Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot.

From 1882 to 1886 Martin lived in France, painting on the coast of Normandy and working in the art colony at Étaples, comprised primarily of Anglophones. His work is characterized by closely observed, often topographical views of landscapes and harbors. While at Villerville on the Seine, Martin painted his freshly observed and vibrant oil painting Harp of the Winds (1893–95), now housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Homer Dodge Martin (1836–1897) View on the Seine: Harp of the Winds, 1893–95
Oil on canvas, 28¾ x 40¾ inches
Collection Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Gift of Several Gentleman, 1897, 97.32


Homer Dodge Martin (1836–1897) Highlands on the Hudson
Oil on canvas, 20 1/8 x 26 1/8
Signed lower left: H. D. Martin

Image courtesy of Questroyal Fine Art, LLC