Herbin, Auguste (1882-1960) by Scholes, Robert

Auguste Herbin (1882 – 1960) He was born in Quiévy, France, near the Belgian border. He studied drawing at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Lille, from 1898 to 1901, when he settled in Paris. The initial influence of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism visible in paintings that he sent to the Salon des Indépendants in 1906 gradually gave way to an involvement with Cubism after his move in 1909 to the Bateau-Lavoir studios, where he met , and . His work was exhibited in the same room as that of , and in the Salon des Indépendants of 1910, and in 1912 he participated in the influential Section d’Or exhibition. His cubism tended toward geometrical abstraction early, as is evidenced by a study of his reproduced in in 1911, where Huntly Carter devoted a whole column to him, called . (The Study is in the Art Supplement to that issue.) In his later work, he became highly abstract, but always worked with geometrical forms, which sometimes suggest people or objects but are not Pablo Picasso Georges Braque Juan Gris Jean Metzinger Albert Gleizes Fernand Léger The New Age The Proportionism of Auguste Herbin (NA 10.8:185) representational.

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