The machine, 1925
Oil on hardboard
44 x 33,5 cm
The 1925 work “La Machine” combines constructivist and cubist elements. The network of forms consists mainly of circular and gear-like fragments as well as triangular and rectangular forms. Evard began to express himself artistically with an abstract vocabulary of forms as early as 1913 and is thus rightly considered one of the pioneers of Cubism and Constructivism.
Despite the almost mosaic-like character of the work, a technical construction can be discerned in the picture on the basis of the geometric forms and in consideration of the title. The front side of the picture is dominated by strong colours and the background by weaker, pastel colours, which creates an exciting effect of depth.