Oil on hardboard
44 x 36,5 cm
This highly abstract view of the historic Pont Neuf bridge in Paris illustrates Evard’s artistic development during the years between 1923 and 1926, during which time he travelled more frequently to Paris, drawing inspiration from the city’s architecture, museums, galleries and artists. He subsequently enriched his art with this industrial-urban theme, which was to culminate in his work “La Machine” from the same year. The city view – with a focus on the bridge and the Seine – is characterised by its reduction to basic geometric forms. Thick, black contour lines outline the trees and clouds, trace the swell and the facades of the buildings in the background. The interior of the forms is generously filled with bright, fauvistic colours. By tilting and shifting the depth effect, colours and lines lead to a stylising ornamentation.