Herbin, Auguste b.1882 Quievy, France d. 1960, Paris, France


Aquarelle, signed in the plate lower right margin “Herbin”, not dated


Pochoir in colours


Heavy vellum, 19.7 x 26.7 cm sheet


Excellent considering the age of the paper.

Realisation / Publication:

stenciling by Daniel Jacomet, published by C. Moreau, for Janneau, G., L’Art Cubiste, Paris, France, 1929

Reference / Literature:

see Janneau, G. L’Art Cubiste, Paris, France, 1929


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A work of this age and with such rich coverage of ink with little fading in colour, is rare. It is one of the most exceptional works in Janneau’s tome. It is unusual to consider a pochoir to be one of an artist’s best known works, however, this is one such example. The colours are rich and velvety, the signature swirling and slicing of shapes in various colours

criss- cross and intersect the pictorial plane, playing on the sense. The layering of circles and the manner that these shapes intersect typify the deco penchant for using shapes fundamental in nature to achieve an aesthetic that is ultimately man made and symptomatic of the futurist predilections that defined Deco. Such observation are abound in Herbin’s work on offer here. This is one of several works by the French Master in the inventory, all possessing a highly coloured and abstract view of the world.