1893  to  1972


The Grand Canyon, Utah


Oil on canvas


61 x 84cm




Private Collection France

Jacques Martin-Ferrières was the son of the famous pointillist painter Henri Martin (1860 - 1943) and received his early training from his father. He also received formal training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from Frederic Cormon after which he devoted himself entirely to painting, enjoying a fruitful career which was marked by success.

Martin-Ferrières main subjects were the views of the south of France and of Venice where he had several stays. It was in 1923 that he received his first honour, after his painting Le Christ was awarded the silver medal and was subsequently purchased by the French State. Another painting won him a travelling grant from the state which enabled him to explore and study the wealth of art that Italy had to offer. Returning to France he had his first one man show and in 1925 was awarded the Prix National for his painting Le Peintre which was later exhibited at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. In 1928 his extraordinary painting Marche d'Assissi was awarded the Gold Medal at the Paris Salon and was the purchased by the City of Paris. It was from this point on that the critics were unanimous in acknowledging his talent.

In 1930 the French State purchased one of his paintings for the Musee d'Art Modern and he was subsequently honoured by his country. He was named a Chevalier of the Legion in 1937 and was made an officer of the Legion of Honour in 1956.