The painter Huguette Arthur Bertrand participated in the vitality of artistic liberation in Paris that coincided with the end of a global conflict. The parisian art scene was animated by debates between figuration and abstraction, but also between geometric abstraction and gestural abstraction.
After working for a short time with figurative painting, Huguette Arthur Bertrand began to experiment with making forms geometric, following on from Cubism. Her compositions were split and given rhythm by lines, she wanted to “tear up the shape without denying it”.
Huguette Arthur Bertrand’s abstraction was then estrained. Her works were built up with juxtapositions of areas of cold colours.