Nature morte aux marguerites
1946. Gouache sur papier. 345 x 365 mm.
Painting – the other facet of Pierre Aubert’s work
One reason why Pierre Aubert spent so much time painting during that period was that in the summer of 1950 he had fallen seriously ill and had to stop engraving. He spent several months in convalescence at his parents-in-law’s in Lausanne and took advantage of the forced rest to paint a series of small, vividly coloured oil paintings, mainly executed on cardboard, depicting views of his parents-in-law’s house (“Bouton d’Or” in Montelly) and the surroundings which were still very rural at the time, the shores of Lake Geneva, still lives, and others.
Once he recovered, he returned to the Vallée de Joux and took up engraving again, while still continuing to paint. Whenever he visited Paris, he would set up his easel on the banks of the Seine, and in the Tuileries and Luxembourg parks. As the years went by and his fame as an engraver spread, Pierre Aubert began to place greater focus on his engraving work. This continued to be the case, even after he moved to Romainmôtier, where the light was particularly propitious to painting.
The abbey and the old village houses, the banks of the canal, and the wood at Forel became his themes of predilection. His paintings lost their former boldness; they were more like ‘paintings by an engraver’. Numerous canvases from this last period remained unfinished. The artist began to spend more time in his studio, and some of his paintings took up themes taken from his wood carvings.
Although in his fifty years of working life Pierre Aubert executed relatively few oil paintings compared to his output as an engraver, gouaches and watercolours accompanied him till the end of his life.
Corbeille de fruits
1948. Huile sur carton. 405 x 360 mm.
1949. Huile sur carton. 250 x 200 mm.
Le Petit port
1949. Huile sur carton. 250 x 155 mm.
Vers 1950-1952. Huile sur carton. 400 x 355 mm.
1950-1960. Huile sur carton. 460 x 385 mm.
1952. Gouache sur papier. 305 x 205 mm.
Paris, la Seine
1952. Huile sur carton. 455 x 330 mm.
1960-1970. Huile sur carton. 400 x 320 mm.
Nature morte aux poires
1971. Huile sur carton. 335 x 250 mm.