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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Auguste Herbin
RUE EN CORSE
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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Auguste Herbin
RUE EN CORSE
Estimate
200,000300,000
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Auguste Herbin
1882 - 1960
RUE EN CORSE
Signed Herbin (lower right)
Oil on canvas
25 5/8 by 19 5/8 in.
65 by 50 cm
Painted in 1907.
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Provenance

Private Collection, Europe (acquired from the artist circa 1937-38)
Thence by descent

Exhibited

Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Musée départemental Matisse, Herbin, 2012-13, n.n., illustrated in the catalogue
Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Musée départemental Matisse, 2013-19 (on loan)

Catalogue Note

Rue en Corse was painted at the zenith of Herbin's Fauve practice in 1907, infusing this Corsican street scene with vibrancy through strategic use of saturated blocks of color (see figs. 1 & 2). Having first developed an Impressionist and then Divisionist style, Herbin fully embraced Fauvism by 1906 and exhibited his work alongside André Derain, Georges Braque and Maurice de Vlaminck at the 1907 Salon des Indépendants. 

The present work is one of fifteen sun-drenched Fauve images that the artist painted during a trip to Corsica in 1907 as the guest of Wilhelm Uhde, a German art collector, dealer, author and critic. This visit to Corsica not only led Herbin to experiment with light to a fuller degree, recalling Raoul Dufy's most iconic works, but also introduced him to Erich Mühsam, the talented German-Jewish anarchist essayist, poet and playwright. Such rich artistic and intellectual milieu, combined with the serenity of the Corsican coast, provided the ideal setting for Herbin to push the boundaries of figurative representation. 

Rue en Corse has been in the possession of the family of the owner since it was acquired from the artist in the late 1930s. It was included in a 2012-13 exhibition organized by Mrs. Geneviève Claisse, the author of the artist's catalogue raisonné. The director of the Musée départemental Matisse attested on March 11, 2019 that Mrs. Claisse confirmed the authenticity of the work and approved its inclusion in this exhibition. After the exhibition, the work was on long-term loan to the museum and remained on view in its galleries until early 2019.

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