Auguste Herbin (1882 - 1960)
The son of a workman, he was born in a small village near the Belgian border on April 29, 1882. This background is reflected in the northern French artist's painting with its rational approach and explicit working class character.
Before settling in Paris, where he first joined the Impressionists and later the Fauves, Herbin attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Lille from 1900 onwards. His studio was situated directly next to Braque's and Picasso's, allowing a close study of Cubism, which resulted in first Cubist paintings in 1913. In 1917 he moved on to an abstract, geometric phase before gradually discovering Constructivism. There was a short interruption in this
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