oil on canvas
22 1/16 x 31⅞ in
56.04 x 80.96 cm
Gift of Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr.
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.