Martin, Homer Dodge

Martin, Homer Dodge

Martin, Homer Dodge, 1836-97, American landscape painter, b. Albany, N.Y. His earlier works are in the style of the Hudson River school, but after his stay in France (1881-86) his work showed the influence of the Barbizon school, notably Corot; his style, however, retained its individuality. Martin's landscapes are melancholy, poetical interpretations of nature, subtle in coloring and in the treatment of light and atmosphere. Among his best-known works are Harp of the Winds (1895), Sand Dunes at Lake Ontario, White Mountains (all: Metropolitan Mus.), and Sea at Villerville (Kansas City Art Inst.). His last years were spent in St. Paul, Minn., where, nearly blind, he painted Adirondack Scenery from memory.
Homer Dodge Martin (October 28, 1836 - February 2, 1897) was an American artist, particularly known for his landscapes. Martin was born at Albany, New York. A pupil for a short time of William Hart, his earlier work was closely aligned with the Hudson River School. He was elected as associate of the National Academy of Design, New York, in 1868, and a full academician in 1874. During a trip to Europe in 1876 he was captivated by the Barbizon school, and thereafter his painting style gradually became darker, moodier, and more loosely-brushed. From 1882 to 1886 he lived in France, spending much of the time in Normandy. At Villerville he painted his Harp of the Winds, now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Examples of his work are in many important American museums. He died at St. Paul, Minnesota.


  • E. G. Martin, Homer Martin, a Remininiscence (New York, 1904)
  • Samuel Isham, History of American Painting (New York, 1905)
  • F. J. Mather, Homer Martin, Poet in Landscape (New York, 1912)
  • F. F. Sherman, "Landscape of Homer Dodge Martin," in Art in America, volume iii (New York, 1915)
  • D. H. Carroll, Fifty-Eight Paintings by Homer Martin (New York, 1913), reproductions


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