André DERAIN (1880-1954)

In 1900, André Derain met Vlaminck in a train. From this memorable encounter, the Fauvism movement was born. The two friends painted the Island of Chatou, opposite the Fournaise restaurant. In 1905 Vollard departed for London and purchased all the contents of his workshop. In 1907 Kahnweiler signed a contract with him until 1924.

Derain rapidly abandoned the Fauvism movement. He reinvented the classics in his own manner throughout all his ‘periods’ such as cézanne-cubism (1907/1909), byzantine (1910) and thereafter in his rich and varied work.

With the sobriety and the power of ancient masters, he remained faithful to what his nature contained in fantasy, humour, experimental taste and creativity.

His works incorporates a form of classical beauty without losing its virtuosity or fluidity, with specific spontaneity and freshness.

This complex giant was involved in many projects (theatre costumes and decors, illustrations, sculptures) without ever fossilizing himself in a specific genre.

Throughout his life, he continuously questioned himself. He shared a sense of grandeur, timelessness close to religion with Cournet or Balthus.

Picasso said ‘He is the only one of us who is capable of painting large-scale paintings. He can measure himself to Tintoretto and Velasquez’. ‘An audacious and disciplined temperament’ said Apollinaire of him as early as 1916, ‘along with Picasso, he is one of the most important artists of the 20th Century’.


André Derain
"Femme aux grandes oreilles"
bronze n°6-11, H 19 cm

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André Derain
"L'Homme aux favoris"
bronze n°8-15, 17 x 11,7 x 9 cm

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