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Composition (Paysage à Céret) [Composition (Landscape at Céret)]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

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Composition (Paysage à Céret) [Composition (Landscape at Céret)] 1919

On Display Modern One

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.

Glossary Open


A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.




A fabric with an ornamental or pictorial design woven into it.

Cubism , Ovoid, Tapestry


  • Acc. No. GMA 3986
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 73.00 x 91.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995