André Derain

Andre Derain at Center Pompidou Exhibit Poster.
Andre Derain at Centre Pompidou Exhibition Poster.

André Derain together with Henri Matisse started fauvism in 1905. They worked together during the summer of 1905 painting in a small mediterranean village named Collioure. When they later during the fall exhibited their works at the Salon d’Automne in Paris they were labelled “les fauves” (“the wild beasts”), by a critic because of their use of vivid – unnatural colors in the paintings and thus “fauvism” was born!

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André Derain self - portrait from 1913-14.
André Derain self – portrait from 1913-14.

It is evident from the below painting by André Derain how different the use of bright and strong colors in the fauvism paintings were compared to most other artists of the time.

The drying of sails (of fishing boats) 1905.
The drying of sails (of fishing boats) 1905.
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