LANDSCAPE IN BLUE AND YELLOW
Watercolour on paper
8 x 11,7 cm
This landscape miniature, taken from Evard’s early work, vividly illustrates the Swiss artist’s attachment to his home town of La-Chaux-de-Fonds. As in the works of his teacher Charles L`Eplattenier, the silhouette of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau rises on the horizon. It is not rare to see the densely wooded flank of the Cotes du Doubs in Evard’s paintings.
This depiction shows a flower-filled meadow with stylised woodland overlooked by the aforementioned mountain range. Evard’s overcoming of the formal language of his teacher is clearly more evident here. The organic and stylising lines and the strategic placement of fauvistically contrasting warm yellow tones and cool, rich to light blue colours emphasise Evard’s early departure towards an abstract and expressionistic style through which the artist creates dimensions and volume.