Piscine Deligny on the River Seine by Jacques Martin-Ferrières
Piscine Deligny on the River Seine by Jacques Martin-Ferrières Piscine Deligny on the River Seine by Jacques Martin-Ferrières Piscine Deligny on the River Seine by Jacques Martin-Ferrières Piscine Deligny on the River Seine by Jacques Martin-Ferrières Piscine Deligny on the River Seine by Jacques Martin-Ferrières
Piscine Deligny on the River Seine by Jacques Martin-Ferrières

Piscine Deligny on the River Seine by Jacques Martin-Ferrières

  • This oil on canvas was composed by the French painter Jacques Martin-Ferrières
  • Its subject is the legendary Piscine Deligny, the floating swimming pool on the river Seine
  • The atmospheric colors and swift, thick brushstrokes are hallmarks of his celebrated style
  • His technique reveals the influence of his father, Henri Martin, and the Post-Impressionists
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Jacques Martin-Ferrières
1893-1972 | French

Piscine Deligny on the River Seine

Signed and dated Jac Martin-Ferrières 31 (lower left)
Oil on canvas

This snow-filled wintertime view of the river Seine in Paris was captured by the French painter Jacques Martin-Ferrières. The subject is the Piscine Deligny, the legendary floating barge on the Seine that contained a swimming pool. First built in 1801, it was perhaps the most glamorous public pool in history, frequented by kings and celebraties alike, including Audrey Hepburn, Errol Flynn and Grace Kelly. The refurbished version of the pool was completed in the early 20th century in the Art Nouveau style, and it was host to the swimming competitions during the Paris Games of 1924 - it is that version of the pool that is captured here. Unfortunately, the pool sank in July 1993, bringing a devastating end to the legendary site.

Martin-Ferrières renders the Piscine Deligny not full of swimmers in the summer months, but moored in the winter. The striking scene is painted in a studied use of grey, yellow, brown and green hues and thick, vigorous brushstrokes that embody the mature style of this post-impressionist artist. The result is an engaging, cohesive composition that displays the exceptional atmosphere and perspective of Martin-Ferrières' best works.

Martin-Ferrières was born in 1893 in Saint-Paul, France. The son of the esteemed Henri Martin, he received tutoring and mentoring in modern painting at an early age, though he eventually received his degree in the advanced sciences. His knowledge of chemistry proved instrumental for his future career as a painter, as he applied his understanding of the science of materials to his art production.

Martin-Ferrières made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1920, where he received an Honorable Mention. In 1925, he was awarded the Prix National and in 1928 the Gold Medal of the Paris Salon, as well as the Prix Legay-Lebrun. From 1928 to 1933, Martin-Ferrières devoted himself entirely to the execution of the frescoes of the life of Saint Christopher in the church of Saint Christopher de Javel in Paris. In 1937, he won the Gold Medal at the Exposition Universelle, and he was made Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur. In 1956 he was promoted to Officer of the Légion by the French government.

Today Martin-Ferrières is regarded among the most accomplished and highly awarded artists of the early 20th century. His diverse oeuvre, impeccable execution, prolific output and impressive pedigree ensure his works are highly sought after.

Dated 1931

Canvas: 25 3/4" high x 34 1/4" wide
Frame: 34 3/4" high x 45 5/8" wide
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Framed:45.625"W x 34.75"H
Unframed:34 1/4"W x 25 3/4"H
Period: 1919-Present
Origin:France
Subject:Cityscapes
Depth:3.75 Inches
Width:45.625 Inches
Height:34.75 Inches
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