Riverbank (Translation)
Au bord de la riviere (Primary Title)

André L'Hote, French, 1885 - 1962 (Artist)

Oil on canvas
Framed: 29 7/8 × 39 13/16 × 2 3/4 in. (75.88 × 101.12 × 6.99 cm)
Unframed: 22 1/16 × 31 7/8 in. (56.04 × 80.96 cm)
By 1912 many avant-garde artists across Europe had internalized the Cubist concepts of multiple viewpoints, a flattened sense of space, and fragmented distortions of form. Riverbank dates from Lhote’s early connection with other French Cubists such as Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Marcel Duchamp, and Fernand Leger. While the trees and sky are recognizable within the picture, the balance and harmony of the composition as a whole takes precedence over naturalistic representation. Rhythmic alternation between light and dark areas unifies the image, and the undulating forms of the trees add dynamic contrast.
'A.Lhote' on lower left
Gift of Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr.
R.S. Johnson Fine Art, "Paintings-Works on Paper-Sculpture: 1880-1970", spring 2006: no. 27 and reproduced on page 54 of catalogue.
2018: Collecting for the Commonwealth Preserving for the Nation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1919-2018, Winter Antiques Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York City, NY, January 18 - 26, 2018.
©artist or artist’s estate

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