LE PONT Á VAISON LA ROMAINE
LE PONT Á VAISON LA ROMAINELE SOLEIL ET LES PLANETES
Auguste Herbin
QUIÉVY 1882 - 1960 PARIS
LE PONT Á VAISON LA ROMAINE
1924
WATERCOLOR AND INK ON PAPER
SIGNED LOWER RIGHT: "HERBIN"
25.5 X 35.5 CM
PROVENANCE

PRIVATE COLLECTION, SWITZERLAND

LITERATURE

CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ, GENEVIÈVE CLAISSE, LA BIBLIOTHÈQUE DES ARTS, PARIS, P. 372, N° 528.

Auguste Herbin was born in northern France in 1882. His creative process developed in stages from the early Impressionist-inspired works to Cubism, and from the figurative to the abstract. Herbin initially attended the Ècole des Beaux Arts in Lille from 1898 to 1901. After completing his studies he moved to Paris where, eight years later, in the Bateau-Lavoir – a building in Paris that served as a meeting place for artists – he made the acquaintance of Pablo Picasso, George Braque and Juan Gris and turned to Cubism. From 1922 to 1925 he devoted himself intensively to figurative painting, of which the work on view here is an example. It shows a bridge dating from the first millennium AD, located in Vaison la Romaine, a village in the south of France. The ascent to the bridge at the right, the adjoining house, and the bridge itself are ablaze with sunlight. Herbin’s inimitable sense of colour – here manifest, for instance, in the iridescent blue of the sky and the River Ouvèze – transports the viewer right into a summery day in a Provençal village. Achieved with the technique of watercolour, the atmosphere of the scene makes the vibrant heat almost palpable. Owing to the precise pictorial construction and the depiction of the architecture in almost Old Masterly manner, this impressive work can be regarded within the context of New Objectivity.