Raz de Marée – c. 1960

Huguette Arthur Bertrand

Gallery Diane de Polignac

Oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm / 63.8 x 51.2 in.
Signed “Hug Arthur Bertrand” lower right; titled on the reverse
Certificate by M. Philippe Bertrand

huguette arthur bertrand - raz de marée 1960 ca

In the 1960s, Huguette Arthur Bertrand’s painting became more lyrical. The straight streaks were replaced by softer black brushstrokes.

In the painting Raz de Marée (Tidal Wave), Huguette Arthur Bertrand’s gesture divides the composition while shape and background start to merge. Huguette Arthur Bertrand no longer used only the contrast between the background white and the form’s colour, but started to superimpose large black brushes and flat areas of colour. In this painting, we can already imagine that colour was about to invade the entire surface of the canvas.