Auguste Herbin

Composition (Paysage à Céret) [Composition (Landscape at Céret)]

About this artwork

This picture was painted in the small French town of Céret, in the Pyrenees. Céret was a popular haunt of Picasso and the cubist artists, and Herbin lived there from 1918 to 1920. The painting is composed of rhythmic, decorative forms which are reminiscent of a patchwork quilt; the contours resemble blanket-stitching, anticipating Herbin's later designs for carpets and tapestries. On the left, the vertical shape, comprised of ovoid forms, represents a tree. The stylised form on the right is thought to be a half-length, female figure facing forward and holding a fan.

Auguste Herbin

Auguste Herbin