I never cease to be amazed by how durable and contemporary a lot of abstract paintings from the early and mid 20th century remain.
It is almost quite a shock to see a photograph of the young Auguste Herbin and link him with these images, although he wasn't painting these geometric abstracts in 1911, when that photo at the bottom was taken.
These works were painted in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
I've just found Herbin tonight on Pinterest - don't think I've ever seen his work before.
Herbin was French. He moved to the same complex of studios as Braque and Picasso in Paris - and became a cubist painter, before venturing into abstraction.
I'm going to use these strong images as analogy when teaching Layout / InDesign with my Graphic Design students next week and see if they can guess their date - quiz time
Might as well be blocks of images and text as colour and paint, eh? - A great lesson in composition / design