Auguste Herbin was born in Quiévy near Cambrai (France) in 1882.
From 1900-1901 attended the École des Beaux Arts in Lille. In 1903, Herbin went to Paris. From 1917 exhibitions for Léonce Rosenberg (Galerie de l’Effort Moderne).
Around 1923 Auguste Herbin painted landscapes in brown tones, subsequently he made use of a simplified cubist painting technique with the application of pure geometric elements. Abstract painting from 1926.
In 1931, together with Georges Vantongerloo, Herbin founded Abstraction-Creation.
Herbin was an important master for many young artists working with the abstract genre, in France and other countries.
Herbin exhibited regularly in the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles in Paris. He was director of the salon up to 1955. Auguste Herbin died in Paris in 1960.
Herbin's work is on display in mayor museums including the MoMA In New York and the 'Centre G. Pompidou' in Paris.