A well-painted oil on canvas, 19 3/4" by 11 1/2", unframed, UNSIGNED, featuring a rivulet-type small waterfall deep in the forest, emptying into a foreground pool. The name "H. D. MARTIN" is written in a late hand on the reverse side of the RELINED canvas, and then it appears there was an attempt to rub that out. The canvas has been laid on another quality canvas, relined, in decades not that far in the past. The tacking edges are gone on all sides. The possibility that this is a fragment of a once larger painting is entertained. Certainly the work is by an accomplished hand, and might well be by Homer Dodge Martin (1836-1897), but without a signature nor initials, it will have to be attributed to the artist. A light cleaning would bring out even more of the inherent quality of the work, and a Hudson River style bright gold frame would be a wise investment. Martin was born in Albany, New York. He painted landscapes of the the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains of New York, as well as the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and of course Hudson River Valley views. Martin was made a full Academician of the National Academy in 1874. His early style was quite tight and realistic. A voyage to Europe in 1876, during which he was exposed to the Barbizon School and French Impressionism, moved his technique to become more loose, and impressionistic. The best Martin works, including "Harp of the Winds" and "Adirondack Scenery", hang in the finest of American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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