Andre Derain (French artist)



2015-06-26 11:14:10

Andre Derain (1880-1954) was a French artist, sculptor, and painter who co-founded the Fauvism movement with Henri Matisse.


While doing an engineering course at the Academie Camillo, Derain used to attend painting classes and this was also the time that he met Matisse. He later enrolled in the French army and this briefly interrupted his studies from 1901 to 1904. It is Matisse who later persuaded Derain’s parents to allow him to leave his career in engineering and dedicate himself to painting.

Derain was later sent to London in March 1906 by art dealer Ambroise vollard where he composed various pictures of the city as subject. These would become some of Derain’s notable works that resulted in a major exhibition at the Courtauld institute 2005-2006.

Influence on other artists

Through his bright and outrageously colored paintings, André Derain had a huge influence on other artists especially through his short-lived fauvism movement. On moving to Montmartre he became friendly to other artists of the time including Picasso and Modigliani. His friendship with Picasso would influence Derain to experiment with cubism as the fauvists began to move on to other styles. Other notable painters that Derain influenced were Juan Gris and Paul Cezanne.

Famous works of André Derain

Derain’s most famous works can be seen in the best art museums all over the world. Through the use of bright colours such as vivid yellow, green and blue his paintings screams for attention. His London paintings were particularly conspicuous. These included The Pool of London (1906). Big Ben London (1906); Chaving Cross Bridge, London (1905); The Harbor of Collioure (1905). Other notable works include; The Portrait of Henri Matisse (1905, Tate Modern, London); Madame Derain in Green (1907) and The Fishing Boats, Collioure (1905).

Andre Derain’s most expensive painting

His highest price was for Barques au port de Collioure (c. 1905), which was sold for $2.4 million at Christie’s New York in November 1993. However, his other works are also slowly gaining recognition. For example his original sculptures go upwards of €50,000. His drawings are also in plenty and highly valued. They contribute about 59% of all transactions.

Notable auction sales

One notable sale that revived his market is the March 2002 sale of the studio. Andre Derain sold well in his own day. But after his death collectors have tended to increasingly distinguish different phases of his varied styles. His prolific output of post fauve portraits or nudes, often painted on commission, commanded high prices during his lifetime before falling out of fashion. In contrast, the fauve period paintings have shot up in value and it is these that now generate the real sales.

Popularity with collectors

Derain’s popularity with collectors dates back in 1905 when a wealthy art collector got interested in his works and bought all the paintings in his studio. Later in 1906, the wealthy collector wanted more of Derain’s collections and it is at this point that he went to London to create paintings for him. Some became his most popular and famous. This marked the precedent of Derain’s popularity with collectors. This is one of the reasons that Derain’s works have fetched a lot of money in various auctions.

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