What art movement was the painter Huguette Arthur Bertrand associated with?

The painter Huguette Arthur Bertrand was part of the Lyrical Abstraction art movement. The artist was an active member of the Parisian art scene in the post-war period. Her multi-faceted body of work allows us to trace the evolution of the Lyrical Abstraction movement from the 1950s all the way to the 1990s. At first geometric, her pictorial impetus became gestural and then ethereal.

Drawing on the legacy of Cubism, Arthur Bertrand experimented with forms, making them geometric. With her works divided and punctuated by lines, the artist wanted to “tear up the form, without rejecting it”. The artist’s style of abstraction then became more restrained. Her works were composed of juxtaposed colour planes in cool hues. In the 1950s, the woman artist Huguette Arthur Bertrand’s body of work was already evolving. The artist distributed geometrical forms, which were decidedly abstract, over the surface of the canvas, highlighting the whole piece with decisive cross-hatching. At the same time, the artist’s palette tended towards warmer tones: red, ochre, brown. This range of shades accompanied the soaring lyricism of the 1960s. Arthur Bertrand’s paintings developed further, becoming increasingly gestural, free and supple. “They are things that fly, abstract objects that grimace, movements that divide space…” said the artist.

Please visit painter Huguette Arthur Bertrand’s dedicated page or the page on Lyrical Abstraction to learn more this art movement.

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