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André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor


André Derain was a french painter, sculptor and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse 1869-1954. Derain and Matisse worked together through the summer of 1905 in the Mediterranean village of Collioure and later that year displayed their highly innovative paintings at the Salon d'Automne. The vivid, unnatural colors led the critic Louis Vauxcelles to derisively dub their works as les Fauves, or "the wild beasts", marking the start of the Fauve movement. In March 1906, the noted art dealer Ambroise Vollard sent Derain to London to compose a series of paintings with the city as subject. In 30 paintings, Derain put forth a portrait of London that was radically different from anything done by previous painters of the city such as Whistler or Oscar Claude Monet 1840-1926. With bold colors and compositions, Derain painted multiple pictures of the Thames and Tower Bridge. These London paintings remain among his most popular work. Art critic T.G Rosenthal: "Not since Oscar Claude Monet 1840-1926 has anyone made London seem so fresh and yet remain quintessentially English. Some of his views of the Thames use the Pointillist technique of multiple dots, although by this time, because the dots have become much larger, it is rather more simply the separation of colours called Divisionism and it is peculiarly effective in conveying the fragmentation of colour in moving water in sunlight".
In 1907 art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler purchased Derain's entire studio, granting Derain financial stability. He experimented with stone sculpture and moved to Montmartre to be near his friend Pablo Picasso and other noted artists. Fernande Olivier, Picasso's mistress at the time, described Derain as: Slim, elegant, with a lively colour and enamelled black hair. With an English chic, somewhat striking. Fancy waistcoats, ties in crude colours, red and green. Always a pipe in his mouth, phlegmatic, mocking, cold an arguer.
At Montmartre, Derain began to shift from the brilliant Fauvist palette to more muted tones, showing the influence of Cubism and Paul Cézanne. According to Gertrude Stein, there is a tradition that Derain discovered and was influenced by African sculpture before the Cubists did. Derain supplied woodcuts in primitivist style for an edition of Guillaume Apollinaire's first book of prose, L'enchanteur pourrissant 1909. He displayed works at the Neue Künstlervereinigung in Munich in 1910, in 1912 at the secessionist Der Blaue Reiter and in 1913 at the seminal Armory Show in New York. He also illustrated a collection of poems by Max Jacob in 1912.

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor
André Derain by Henri Matisse, 1905
André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor


André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

André Derain 1880-1954 | French Fauvist painter and sculptor

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