It’s Day 118 and I just spent hours trying to assist the vent hood installation guy (who was very wonderful)…then we didn’t have the tools to install it and I realized that I wasn’t getting paid to install it and that we were paying the design company to do it. Needless, to say they are coming back tomorrow to finish the install. He didn’t leave until 8pm and I didn’t finish my painting until now. Sheesh! I was able to finish my piece so join me in celebrating Auguste Herbin today.
Auguste Herbin (April 29, 1882 – January 30/31 1960) was a French painter.
Born in Quiévy, Nord, he studied drawing at the École des Beaux-Arts de Lille, from
1898 to 1901, when he settled in Paris.
The initial influence of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism visible in paintings that he sent to the Salon des Indépendants in 1906 gradually gave way to an involvement with Cubism after his move in 1909 to the Bateau-Lavoirstudios, where he met Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Juan Gris; he was also encouraged by his friendship withWilhelm Uhde. His work was exhibited in the same room as that of Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes and Fernand Léger in the Salon des Indépendants of 1910, and in 1912 he participated in the influential Section d’Or exhibition.
After producing his first abstract paintings in 1917, Herbin came to the attention of Léonce Rosenberg who, after World War I, made him part of the group centred on his Galerie de l’Effort Moderne and exhibited his work there on several occasions in March 1918 and 1921.
Herbin’s radical reliefs of simple geometric forms in painted wood, such as Coloured Wood Relief
(1921; Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne), challenged not only the status of the easel painting but also traditional figure–ground relationships.
The incomprehension that greeted these reliefs and related furniture designs, even from those critics most favourably disposed towards Cubism, was such that until 1926 or 1927 he followed Rosenberg’s advice to return to a representational style. Herbin himself later disowned landscapes, still lifes and genre scenes of this period, such as Bowls Players (1923; Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne), in which the objects were depicted as schematized volumes.
Auguste Herbin died in Paris on 31 January 1960. One painting remained unfinished – the motif of the painting was constructed on the word Fin.
Biography is from wikipedia.
As with most painters who have painted for a long time it was difficult to choose which era I wanted to emulate. I decided to focus on his colorful geometric period. I really enjoyed his use of space, shapes and colors. There is something different and playful in his pieces compared to other artists in this genre.
I hope you enjoy my piece. After I finished I realized I should’ve used some yellow or other colors, but my husband looked at it and loved it so I decided to roll with it. I am also exhausted and don’t want to be painting anymore today. Especially after painting most of my ceiling of my art space yesterday! Enjoy and I’ll see you tomorrow on Day 119! Best, Linda