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Auguste Herbin
COMPOSITION AU BOUQUET
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 185,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
382
Auguste Herbin
COMPOSITION AU BOUQUET
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 185,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Auguste Herbin
1882 - 1960
COMPOSITION AU BOUQUET
Signed herbin (lower center)
Oil on canvas
36 1/8 by 25 1/2 in.
91.9 by 65.1 cm
Painted in 1909.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Geneviève Claisse.

Provenance

Private Collection, France (acquired in the 1960s)
Private Collection, France (by descent from the above and sold: Sotheby's, Paris, December 5, 2012, lot 26)
Acquired at the above sale

Catalogue Note

It was in 1908, soon after moving into the Bateau-Lavoir and taking up the adjacent studio to that of Picasso, that Auguste Herbin first adopted the principles of Cubism. In contrast to the approach of Georges Braque or indeed that of Juan Gris, Herbin was quick to reject the dogma of achromia and its strict vocabulary, preferring instead to focus on the purification and simplification of volume, the pairing of geometric forms and vibrant colors. The innovative paintings executed by Herbin between 1908 and 1912 earned him the respect and recognition of the greatest collectors of the period, including Léonce Rosenberg, Wilhelm Uhde and even Alfred Flechtheim, who all purchased work directly from the artist’s studio.

Particularly characteristic of his 1910-12 compositions, Composition au bouquet is testament to the artist’s mastery in the assembly of form and color, and with its succession of colored planes rhythmically punctuated with decorative elements it reveals an awareness of the research being conducted by artists such as Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger. The vigor of the artist’s touch, the shimmer and sheer variety of the colors and the richness of the ornamental motifs elevate this bouquet of flowers to the ranks of the artist's most beautiful Cubist compositions; it is a veritable hymn to Herbin’s creativity and joy in painting.

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