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Auguste Herbin exhibition at the Montmartre Museum Paris 18th

The Musée de Montmartre is currently presenting a retrospective exhibition dedicated to Auguste Herbin (1882-1960), a painter whose contribution to the history of modern art deserves wider recognition.

Auguste Herbin, although remaining relatively unknown, was a central player in the creative developments of the 20th century, actively participating in the movements of Fauvism, Cubism, and abstraction. Residing at the Bateau-Lavoir for eighteen years, he developed an artistic approach leading to the creation of a plastic alphabet with a universal vocation in his last years.


Date: From March 15, 2024 to September 15, 2024

Location: Montmartre Museum

Desires: Montmartre, contemporary art, fauvism, cubism


Auguste Herbin
Auguste Herbin

The Musée de Montmartre Jardins Renoir marks a turning point by becoming the first Parisian museum to devote a retrospective exhibition to Herbin, thus highlighting his legacy in the city where he worked throughout his life. The exhibition explores the painter's seven creative periods, presenting often unpublished works, ranging from post-impressionism to first and second abstraction. It thus re-establishes Herbin's rightful place in the history of modern art, offering an overview of the major works of each of his creative periods.

Auguste Herbin, spotted by eminent dealers of the 20th century, was an essential participant in the exhibitions that shaped the history of the avant-gardes. It appears in the legendary collections of the early 20th century, from the Germans Wilhelm Uhde and Henry Simms to the Russians Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov. His influence went beyond French borders, exhibiting throughout Europe from 1905 as one of the first Fauvist painters. He also distinguished himself in Cubism at the Salon des Indépendants of 1908, and his work is present in prestigious collections, such as the emblematic exhibition "Cubism and abstract art" of 1936 at the new Museum of Modern Art in New York.

After a singular evolution marked by a realistic turn during the interwar period, known as the "Return to Order", Herbin became a pioneer and promoter of pure abstraction, tinged with humanity and exceptional clarity. His influence spread during the second half of the 20th century, becoming a mentor to the masters of geometric abstraction and Op Art, in Europe and the Americas. The current exhibition at the Montmartre Museum offers artistic evidence that goes beyond Herbin's Montmartre years, highlighting his crucial role in the evolution of modern art.

Driven by the quest for the absolute, Herbin, in the words of Jean Cassou, cultivates remarkable discretion as a hard worker. His artistic legacy, multiple, original and singular, testifies to his stature as an essential master. The Montmartre museum thus offers the opportunity to discover the masterful work of this tireless pioneer, unjustly forgotten.


Date: From March 15, 2024 to September 15, 2024

Location: Montmartre Museum

Desires: Montmartre, contemporary art, fauvism, cubism

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