Cubistic composition, 1913
Oil on hardboard
36 x 52 cm
In 1913, the Swiss artist André Evard embarked on his very own artistic path of combining abstraction and representationalism in one pictorial motif.
The picture “Cubistic Composition” is dominated by geometric forms in the foreground, arranged in still-life-like fashion and showing parallels to early Cubism. The background recedes strongly in colour and consists almost exclusively of horizontal, broad lines, which in their abstracted form are nevertheless recognisable as an Alpine chain.
Looking at the work, it is striking that Evard, in contrast to his painter colleagues Picasso or Braque, who are known for this style, does without earthy tones and instead works with his preferred colours blue, pink, green and yellow.