Le vieux port de Bastia. 1907. Oil on canvas. Not in Claisse. Lower left signed. With title "Barque sur le vieux port de Bastia" on the stretcher. 46 x 55 cm (18.1 x 21.6 in).
Accompanied by a photo expertise from Geneviève Claisse issued on 5 September 2017.
PROVENANCE: Siegfried and Gesche Poppe, Hamburg (since 1967 the latest). Collection Rohleder, Hamburg (inherited from present owner).
EXHIBITION: Auguste Herbin. Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover 14 September – 15 October 1967, cat. no. 3, no illu (with exhibition label on the stretcher). Auguste Herbin, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf 15 December 1967 – 14 January 1968, cat. no. 3, no illu.
There is hardly any other representative of French Modernism next to Auguste Herbin whose art shows such a clear stylistic development that goes all the way to abstraction. While his roots are in Pointillism, Herbin soon attained a moderate form of Fauvism that bears the best elements of late Impressionism.The styleis entirely born from the color, a quality that finds fulfillment in this work. The scene‘s elementary luminance provides a sunny cheerfulness that is second to none. The strong and broad brush strokes capture the scene with great immediacy and add a fresh presence to the painting that could hardly be more striking. Even though Auguste Herbin did not settle with this type of interpretation, it marks a decisive point in his oeuvre on the path to abstraction by means of geometric pictorial elements, the fundament of his distinguished late period of creation. [KD]