Oil on canvas (109 x 86 cm), signed and dated 1925 lower left.
Dimensions with frame (137 x 115 cm)
"« Ivre de couleur, il nous fait partager son ivresse » Robert Heitz, Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace
Luc Hueber is a painter late on. His father, a Strasbourg dignitary, refuses to follow an artistic career; encouraging him more in pastry than in painting. Luc Hueber practices as a pastry chef and engages in the foreign legion. He trained as a painter of stained glass with Auguste Cammissar (1873-1963) and continued his apprenticeship at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. In 1924, he acquired the House of the Gentiles at La Petite-Pierre (today a place of exhibition) and enjoyed painting the surrounding nature.
In Paris, he meets Charles Guérin and frequents the Grande Chaumière. He joined the May Group in 1919 and exhibited with them once a year in May until 1934. Simon Lévy, a member of the group, introduced him to the work of Cézanne. For the painter, the period is rich in experiences and teachings. Back in Strasbourg in 1930, he likes to paint some still lifes, nudes, scenes of interiors and rare portraits.
The painting shows a naked woman, sitting facing the viewer, her head bowed and her gaze out of the frame. The model, which is supposed to be the painter's wife, is painted with vivacity and veracity. Hueber nuances his skin and gives the whole an almost statuary dimension. The painter cultivates the charm of the workshop by signaling a blue curtain, behind the nude, a cane chair, a pitcher and some apples. From Picasso (the cloth of the Demoiselles d'Avignon), to Van Gogh (the cane chair of his hospital room) through Cézanne (still lifes to apples), the painter has his model put around these references before -guards and demonstrates his visual culture with subtlety.
Museums and exhibitions:
. "Luc Hueber, 1888 - 1974", Historical Museum of Haguenau, Alsace; from June 17 to September 28, 2003, com.-exp. Pia Wendling.
. The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg collects the painter.
. 1930: Paris, Armand Drouant Gallery
. 1946: Exhibition of a hundred paintings, Maison d'Art Alsacien
. Cat. exp. Pia Wendling, Luc Hueber, 1888-1974, Hagueneau, editions of the Haguenau Historical Museum, 2003, 20 pages.
. Robert Heitz, Painter Luc Hueber, Strasbourg, Latest News from Alsace, 1947, 15 p.
. The city of Strasbourg celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of Luc Hueber in 1968 with a retrospective.