Stephan von Huene’s first oil paintings, produced when he was 19-20 years old, predate the inception of his studies, and testify to his orientation toward early 20th century French painting. The few surviving paintings on canvas betray a focus in particular on brushwork, on a characteristic style of application. In Melon, the earth colors of Cubism are applied in a patchy and impressionistic fashion, so that the objects are presented within a iridescent pictorial space. In The seed one also finds an organic form, one that however unfolds object-like into the space. At the beginning of his studies, von Huene abandoned objective forms, abstracting the movements of water or mineral formations, for example, so that the forms are dissolved wholly into color in the spirit of US-American Abstract Expressionism.