Nature morte à la cuvette. 1909. Oil on canvas. Claisse 205. Lower right signed. 81 x 65 cm (31.8 x 25.5 in).
Still life with clear traces of Cubism.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Neupert, Zürich. Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia. Ketterer Kunst, 251st auction, 2nd December 2000, lot 4 with illu. Private collection Switzerland.
Based on Impressionism and later influenced by Cubism, Auguste Herbin added a high degree of objectivity to his works from an early point on. With color values inspired by the "Nabis" artists and the "Fauves", Herbin initially remained true to a conventional position that would become decisvie for his entire artistic creation. The simplified forms in this still life leave a lot of freedom to the large color fields. In a mix of a purified concreteness and an incipient abstraction, the picture's components are bearer's of a particularly artificial expression. The color values determine the tone of this composition and make for its special appeal. "Nature morte à la cuvette" was made in Herbin's concrete-Cubist phase between 1909 and 1912, during which several stylistic elements becomes established in order to allow room for a unified expression. [KD]