Henri Martin

Study for Industrial Labour (roadmenders in the Place de la Concorde, Paris)

Study for Industrial Labour (roadmenders in the Place de la Concorde, Paris) by Henri Martin

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This oil sketch of two men wielding pickaxes is a preliminary study for one of four paintings in a set of monumental murals commissioned by the French government for the General Assembly Hall of the Conseil d'État in the Palais Royal, Paris. The overall project celebrates ‘working France’. The two figures form part of the foreground of Industrial Labour (Civil Engineering,) which shows a construction crew building the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The other murals are allegories on the themes of Agriculture/Harvest (showing farmers working in a field), Commerce (showing fishermen on the docks of the Old Port of Marseille), and Intellectual Work (a man reading a book as he walks through a pine grove). Martin painted the series in a late neo-impressionist style, between 1914 and 1926.

Title
Study for Industrial Labour (roadmenders in the Place de la Concorde, Paris)
Artist/creator
Production date
1925-1926
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
597 x 749 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1959
Accession no
1959/18
Other ID
Ouvrier avec un Piquet (Peasant at Work) Previous title
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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