01 Painting — Marine Art, Gustave Buchet’s Study of boats, with Footnotes, #328

Gustave Buchet, (1888–1963)
Study of boats, circa 1922–25

Watercolor and Indian ink on paper
44.3 X 29.5 cm.; 17 ½ x 11 ¾ in.
Private collection

Gustave Buchet, (1888–1963) belongs to a generation of Swiss artists drawn to the Parisian avant-garde movements and interested in Cubism in the early years of the 20th century. Born in 1888 in Étoy, Buchet founds Le Falot group in Geneva in 1915 with several other artists. These artists are looking to resist the influence of Hodler’s style, which is deemed outmoded, and wish to take up an innovative art like the kind being done in France.

Buchet studies at Geneva’s School of Fine Arts and participates in Dada events mounted by Christian Schad in the same city. In 1920 Buchet settles in Paris, where he exhibited as part of the Section d’or. Fascinated by the representation of movement, Buchet adopted the Futurist aesthetic before shifting towards a flat painting that verges on abstraction. In this way he adheres to the purism developed by Le Corbusier and Amédée Ozenfant.

His return to Geneva in 1939 was marked by a major solo show at the Musée Rath. The canvases of his final years take on greater colour and are further and further removed from his avant-garde practices. He employed a more classic and figurative vocabulary, which he combined with all his earlier stylistic experiments. More on Gustave Buchet

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