- Auguste Herbin
- signed Herbin (lower left)
- oil on canvas
- 54.5 by 65.7cm., 21 1/2 by 25 7/8 in.
Pieter B. van Voorst van Beest, The Hague
Private Collection, Belgium
Kunsthandel Rueb, Amsterdam
Private Collection, The Hague
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Herbin employs an intriguing perspective within Paysage, seemingly placing the viewer at the centre of the lake gazing towards the landscape. The horizon line delineates the brilliantly painted landscape and its hazy reflection. The blue of the sky is mirrored within the extraordinary calmness of the lake, undisturbed by any surface ripples or turbulence. There is a sense of timelessness to the scene, with the vividly coloured houses which line the water’s edge appearing to be unmarked by any signs of current habitation. Ultimately, in its bold use of colour and arresting composition, Paysage can be seen as a significant example of Herbin’s work of this decade.