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Auguste Herbin, born in 1882 in Quiévry and died in Paris in 1960, was a French painter. Herbin began his career as a painter by producing a few paintings in post-impressionist styles in the early 20th century. After his meeting with Braque and Picasso at the Bateau-Lavoir, his art turned to a more cubist style. It was not until 1917 that he painted his first abstract canvas and he continued like this for the rest of his career. During the 1940s-1950s, Herbin developed a new kind of abstraction, independent of any other influences since the painter based his work on the principle of synesthesia. More precisely, it was in 1946 that Herbin developed his "plastic alphabet", creating the paintings for which he is best known today. He bases his work on his feelings, on what the shapes and colors evoke for him: letters, words, musical notes, etc. Each shape of the painting takes on a meaning of its own. Each form in the painting then takes on a particular meaning, to be weighed against the other forms painted. All his life, Herbin gravitated in the most prestigious artistic circles, friend of Matisse and Gleizes, but also considered as a master by many artists, notably Vasarely who came to listen to his lectures at the Atelier d'art abstrait. Herbin co-founded two other major abstract art events: the Abstraction-Création group and the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles.

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