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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Derain, Andre


Big Ben
1906
oil on canvas
79 × 98 cm
Musee d'Art Moderne de Troyes, France

"I do not innovate. I transmit." (Derain)
Derain Painted in a style called fauvism for this work. The colours are mixed together, they are bright and bold. The brush strokes are made to distort reality. Quite like the Morse code this art is done in dots and dashes.

Andre Derain (1880 - 1954) was a French painter, sculptor and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse. Together with Henri Matisse, Derain was one of the major exponents of Fauvism from 1905 to 1908. Like the other artists who worked in this style, he painted landscapes and figure studies in brilliant, sometimes pure colors and used broken brushstrokes and impulsive lines to define his spontaneous compositions.
Derain broke with Fauvism in early 1908. He destroyed most of his work to concentrate on tightly constructed landscape paintings, which were a subtle investigation of the work of Cezanne. After World War I his work became more classical, influenced by the work of such artists as Camille Corot. His art underwent virtually no change after the 1920s, though his more conservative style brought him financial success. In 1954 Derain was knocked down by a truck and was taken to hospital. At first it was thought he was not seriously injured, but the shock was too much for a man in his seventies. He failed to recover.
"The substance of painting is light." (Derain)