Oil on hardboard
27 x 42 cm
André Evard’s peonies from 1945 shine through the unique use of colour, which is characteristic of the Swiss artist’s art.
He designs the flower buds with a pastose application of red, white and pink. The artist also makes sophisticated use of pink in the light background by applying it with an expressive brushstroke, thus suggesting a kind of radiance of the flowers. The flowers dominate the entire composition of the picture simply because of their full-size format. The leaves of the peonies meander from the lower right-hand corner of the picture between individual flowers. Through the vivid depiction of the peonies, the painting does not give the impression of a rigid still life. Instead, André Evard presents us with this work an image of the living spring.