With the exception of a few works inspired by mythological or religious subjects, Strawinsky’s easel paintings consisted of portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. From the twenties to the forties his portraits bore the hallmarks of Picasso and André Derain, and were influenced by the New Objectivity approach. Their volumetric and sculptural forms sought to capture the model’s psychological make-up. Their serious, even melancholic appearance reflected the troubled years of crisis and war. This same sentiment permeates the heavy atmosphere of his landscapes executed in the forties: stormy, often devoid of human presence, almost eerie. The artist’s affinity with the French tradition of historic landscapes, of which Nicolas Poussin was one of the masters, is also noticeable. His still lifes were characterised by the same plasticity; they not only demonstrated the painter’s degree of ‘artistry’, but also, at the end of the war, provided a basis for re-examining his figurative style. Strawinsky then went back to geometric forms and colour and at the same time moved away from oil painting to pastel, gouache and watercolour.