R. G. Almand
Swiss Artist (1885-1955)
'The Pink Path'
Oil on cardboard, dated 1945
12.5 x 17.5 in.
This vivid, expressionistic work is composed of pure, sustained blocks of color that suggest spatial depth and sculptural volume through linear composition. The artist imbues a sense of deliberation and structure in every brushstroke, with a finely balanced palette of blues, greens, and pinks.
The French Nabis artists, Bonnard and Vuillard, were of tremendous influence on this creative and audacious artist, who mastered the technique of flattening the picture surface by painting with pure color.
His dramatic use of vibrant tonalities, whether they be in his depiction of a pink path bordered by cherry red flowers, or the dark, mysterious shadows cast by the trees, suggests the emotional turbulence that can be related to the end of World War II.