André Derain
French, 1880-1954
High auction record
£16m, Sothebys, 2010
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
André Derain - Tête-à-Tête,
André Derain et la Jeune peinture française,
Galerie Michel Giraud
French Art 1900-1930,
Statens Museum for Kunst

A founding member of Fauvism, Andre Derain is known for his innovative landscape and cityscape paintings in which he transforms the subject with bold and largely unrealistic colors. Early in his career Derain worked closely with fellow Fauves Maurice de Vlaminck and Henri Matisse, the latter helping convince Derain’s family to let him pursue a career in painting. In Derain’s celebrated depictions of London’s Thames River and Tower Bridge, he applied each color separately in dots or dabs, inviting associations with the Divisionist technique of Paul Signac and Georges Seurat. Derain’s later work features more subtle tones and new subjects, including portraiture and still life. Inspired by his friendship with Pablo Picasso, Derain’s post-Fauve works show an engagement with both classicism and Cubism, and this so called “classical” style earned him widespread recognition throughout Europe …

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