André Derain
Henri Matisse 1905

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André Derain 1880–1954
Henri Matisse
Date 1905
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 460 x 349 mm
frame: 710 x 595 x 112 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Not on display

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This work was made during a holiday at the fishing port of Collioure in the south of France in 1905, when Matisse and Derain painted portraits of each other. Under Matisse’s influence, Derain had begun to use strong, non-naturalistic colours, applied in small separate brushstrokes, to convey the sensations of light and shade. Their radical use of colour led critics described them and their associates as ‘Fauves’ or wild beasts, and ‘Fauvism’ became an important parallel to the rise of Expressionism in Germany.

February 2009

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