HERBIN. A. (AUGUSTE)
1882 Quievy (Fr) – 1960 Paris (Fr)
Auguste Herbin, the son of a workman, was born in 1882 in Quievy in the north of France . He studied drawing at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lille between 1898 and 1901, before moving to Paris, where he joined the impressionists and later the Fauves.
Herbin’s early work, such as Le Pont,1903, and especially those he sent to the Salon des Indépendants in 1906, illustrate the influence of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Later, after he encoutered the works of the Cubists in Bateau-Lavoir ( Picasso, George Braque and Juan Gris) his style changes to a pure geometrical and abstract form. Herbin’s architectural approach and his use of colour has made his work widely know in the international art world. After a lateral paralysis in 1953 Herbin taught himself to paint with his left hand.
His work was exhibited at the “Documenta”in the years 1955 to 1972. A major retrospective was held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1979. Herbin died in Paris in 1960.