André Derain 1880-1954
T00165 Henri Matisse
Inscribed 'a derain' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 13 3/4 (46 x 35) approximately; the painted area is not a perfect rectangle
Purchased from Mme Henri Matisse (Grant-in-Aid) 1958
Prov: Henri Matisse, Paris; Mme Henri Matisse, Paris
Exh: Les Sources du XXe Siècle, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, November 1960-January 1961 (126); Derain, RA, London, September-November 1967 (119, repr.); Modern Masters: Manet to Matisse, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, April-May 1975 (28, repr. in colour); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, May-June 1975 (28, repr. in colour); Museum of Modern Art, New York, August-September 1975 (28, repr. in colour); The 'Wild Beasts': Fauvism and its Affinities, Museum of Modern Art, New York, March-May 1976 (works not numbered, repr. in black and white, and in colour); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, June-August 1976 (works not numbered, repr. in black and white, and in colour); Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, September-October 1976 (works not numbered, repr. in black and white, and in colour)
Lit: Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Matisse: his Art and his Public (New York 1951), pp.54-5; Jean Leymarie, Le Fauvisme (Geneva 1959), p.74, repr. p.79 in colour
Repr: Studio, CLIX, 1960, p.110 in colour; Trewin Copplestone, Modern Art Movements (London 1967), pl.5 in colour
A portrait of the painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954), executed at Collioure in the summer of 1905 at the same period as the portrait of Derain by Matisse acquired in 1954 (N06241). During this visit Derain also painted a small picture of Matisse seated barefooted at a table on the beach, which is now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Matisse first met Derain in 1900, and in the autumn of 1904, when Derain had just returned from his military service, helped to persuade his parents not to make him give up his career as a painter. In the spring of 1905 Derain joined the Matisses when they went south to Collioure: it was there that the two artists painted their first pure and characteristic Fauve pictures.
This picture may have been the one exhibited at the Salon d'Automne in October-November 1905 (436) as 'Portrait'.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.166-7, reproduced p.166