André Derain  (French, 1880-1954) 

André Derain (French, 1880–1954) was a painter, sculptor, and printmaker, and an important figure in the Fauvism movement. He took his first painting lessons during his teenage years from La Noé. From 1898 to 1900, Derain shared a studio with two other young Fauvists, Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) and Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876–1958), while at the same time taking classes at Paris's Académie Carrière. In 1904, Derain attended the Académie Julian and traveled with Matisse to Collioure, a small town in the French Mediterranean, where both did artists did a lot of painting.

Derain was partially responsible for the Fauvists' name, since art critic Louis Vauxcelles, disapproving of Matisse and Derain's unnaturally bright colors, described the paintings they exhibited at the Paris Salon d''Automne as "les Fauves," or "the wild beasts." In 1906, at the request of art dealer Ambroise Vollard, Derain traveled to London, where he painted a series of 30 brightly-colored paintings of the city, including one of his best-known works, Charing Cross Bridge (1901). The following year, Derain moved to Montmartre so that he could be close to his artist friends, including Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), and began to sculpt stone. He began his gothic period in 1911, using austere forms and more muted colors than he had done so previously. Some of these paintings were displayed at the Armory Show in New York and at Berlin's Erster Herbstsalon. After fighting in World War I, Derain began to paint more traditional works and came to be seen as a leader in Classicism. Throughout the 1920s, he created his well-known paintings of performers and dancers, including Harlequin and Pierrot (1924).

After he won the Carnegie Prize in 1920, Derain’s work began to be exhibited widely around the world. The Kunsthalle in Berne, Switzerland, held Derain's first serious retrospective in 1935; around the same time, the artist moved to Chambourcy, France. By the time the Germans occupied France during World War II, Derain was living in Paris. He was part of a group of French artists who visited Nazi sculptor Arno Breker's exhibition in Berlin, so after the Liberation he was widely viewed as a collaborator. During the 1940s, Derain worked in Donnemarie and Chambourcy. In the years before his death, he concentrated on sculpting. His paintings can now be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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André Derain, Fete Champetre (detail)


André Derain
Fete Champetre (detail)
Grace Lane Gallery
André Derain, Fete Champetre


André Derain
Fete Champetre
Grace Lane Gallery
André Derain, Nu Assis


André Derain
Nu Assis

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André Derain, Portrait de jeune fille sur fond noir


André Derain
Portrait de jeune fille sur fond noir
circa 1935-1939

Galerie Michael Haas
André Derain, Portrait de Femme


André Derain
Portrait de Femme
circa 1946-1950

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André Derain, Femme aux cheveux longs revenant sur la poitrine


André Derain
Femme aux cheveux longs revenant sur la poitrine
Galerie Michael Haas
André Derain, Femme accoudée


André Derain
Femme accoudée
circa 1940-1945

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André Derain, Nue de Dos


André Derain
Nue de Dos
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André Derain, Martigues


André Derain

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André Derain, Nu assis


André Derain
Nu assis, 1925
oil on canvas


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André Derain, Deux femmes de profil


André Derain
Deux femmes de profil


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André Derain, Nu


André Derain
oil on canvas


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2003   Galerie Schmit, Paris
1995   Musée Despiau-Wlérick, Mont-de-Marsan
1994   Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
1991   Musée d’Art Moderne, Troyes
1991   Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris
1981 - 1982   Marcq-en-Baroeul
1952 - 1953   “Modern French Masters”, Columbus ed Akron, Ohio, Worchester, Massachusetts
1952 - 1953   “Les Fauves”, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1951   Galerie Roland Browse & Del Banco, London
1951   “Le Fauvisme”, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris
1951   “Le Fauvisme”, Musée de Beaux-Arts, Rennes
1950   David Finlay Galleries, New York
1950   Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
1950   Bern Kunsthalle
1949   Galerie de Berri, Paris
1947   Galerie Bing, Paris
1940   Solo show, Gallery Pierre Matisse, New York
1937   Maîtres de l’Art Contemporain, Petit Palais. In occasion of Esposizion Universel de Paris
1916   Solo show, Galleria del mercante d’arte Paul Guillaume
1905   Salon des Indépendants, Paris
1905   Salon d’Automne, Paris
  France: Grenoble. Marsille (Museo Cantini). Paris (Musée National d’Art Moderne). Versailles
  Germany: Basel (Kunstmuseum). Colone (Wallraf-Richartz Museum). Dusseldorf (Nordrhein-Westpahalen Musem)
  Switzerland: Bern.
  USA: Chigago (Art Institute). Houston. New York (Museum of Moden Art). Pittsburgh (Carnegie Institute). Ottawa (National Gallery of Canada)
  Denmark: Copenaghen (Statens Museum for Kunst)
  UK: Glasgow (Art Gallery). Leeds (City Art Gallery). Liverpool (The Walker Art Gallery). London (Tate Gallery)
  Sovietic Union: Moscow (Pouchkine Museum). Saint Peterborough (Hermitage)
  Cecz Republic: Prague (National Museum)
2003    André Derain, 1880-1954, Paris, Galerie Schmit
2003    Da Caillebotte a Picasso, I capolavori della collezione Oscar Ghez dal Museo del Petit Palais di Ginevra a cura di L. Caramel, N. Sainte Fare Garnot, G. Gentry, Milan, Mazzotta
2002    Da Puvis de Chavannes a Matisse e Picasso, Verso l’arte moderna, a cura di S. Lemoine, Bompiani
2001    André Derain, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Istres
2001    Da Renoir a Picasso, un secolo d’arte al Petit Palais di Ginevra, a cura di Paola Gribaudo, Milan, Electa
2000    Les années fauves, 1904-1908, Paris, Somogy Editions d’art
1999    Le fauvisme ou “l’épreuve du feu” Eruption de la modernità en Europe, Edition des musées de la Ville de Paris
1999    I Fauves e la critica, a cura di Maithé Vallès-Bled, Milan, Electa
1996    M. Kellermann, André Derain, Catalogue raisonnée de l’œuvre peint, Editions Galerie Schmit, Paris
1995    N. Kalitina, A. Barskaia, E. Gheorghievskaia, André Derain, Le peintre à l’epreuve du feu, Bournemouth, Parkstone Aurora
1994    André Derain, Le peintre du « trouble moderne », Paris Musées
1991    Un certain Derain, Paris, Musée de l’Orangerie, Reunion des Musée Nationaux
1990    P. Cabanne, André Derain, Paris, Somogy
1976    Derain, Accademia di Francia a Roma, Rome, Edizioni dell’Elefante
1966    Collection Jean Walter – Paul Guillaume, Catalogue, Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris