This work is an eloquent example of the impact of photography on painting. With the advent of photography in the early 1800s and its proliferation into everyday life by the turn of the century, painting was no longer confined to serving purely documentary purposes. With this new freedom of practice, Impressionist and Fauve artists such as Herbin were able to reinvent the possibilities of painting to emphasize self-expression, individual perspective and emotional release. The following years would see the artist move into the famed Bateau Lavoir studios in Paris and work alongside artists Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Juan Gris to rapidly evolve his style through Cubism, ultimately becoming a founding member of the Abstraction-Création movement.
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