La Muse du Peintre (c.1900). Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin (French, 1860-1943). Oil on canvas.
Painted circa 1900, the present work is the culmination in a series of allegorical figures and muses that Martin produced in the 1890s. Martin was particularly fond of the theme of the muse in the form of a beautiful young woman ‘visiting’ the artist. He first explored the subject in 1885 in the painting Le Philosophe ou L'Inspiration du poète.