Spring awakening, 1958

Spring awakening, 1958

Oil on hardboard
63 x 46,5 cm

André Evard, the Swiss artist, shows us in this work a landscape representation in mild, sometimes almost pastel, but naturalistic tones. Here, as in many of his works, the artist creates a space of depth, beginning with the foreground, where a yellow path leads the viewer into the picture, but which quickly becomes lost in a green meadow.

The shades of green are nuanced in different ways, ranging from a very light shade to an almost black shade of green, which is the only one that has been applied thickly with a pasty brush stroke. The surface reaches into the background, where it becomes a green mountain range over which the painter, with a few brushstrokes and a fine ductus, lets birds emerge and fly.

In this oil painting the focus is on five trees arranged symmetrically in the centre of the picture, whose thick pink blossoms are reminiscent of peonies. Two of them form the vanguard and are also larger in perspective and their blossoms are depicted more intensely and in more detail.

The thin, black trunks stand out clearly in their jagged shape against the predominantly light background, which shows us white clouds on a friendly spring day. In the upper centre of the picture, the blue of the sky can be seen in a small, abstract form.

The picture as a whole is compositionally symmetrical. The work of André Evard could be divided into two almost congruent halves. The artist uses oil on canvas and his very own multi-layered language of forms and colours to bring spring and life to life and shows us the blossoming of nature.