11 Facts About Andre Derain


Andre Derain was a French artist, painter, sculptor and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse.

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Andre Derain was born in 1880 in Chatou, Yvelines, Ile-de-France, just outside Paris.

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In 30 paintings, Andre Derain presented a portrait of London that was radically different from anything done by previous painters of the city such as Whistler or Monet.

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Andre Derain experimented with stone sculpture and moved to Montmartre to be near his friend Pablo Picasso and other noted artists.

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At Montmartre, Andre Derain began to shift from the brilliant Fauvist palette to more muted tones, showing the influence of Cubism and Paul Cezanne.

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Andre Derain displayed works at the Neue Kunstlervereinigung in Munich in 1910, in 1912 at the secessionist Der Blaue Reiter and in 1913 at the seminal Armory Show in New York.

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Andre Derain illustrated a collection of poems by Max Jacob in 1912.

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At about this time Andre Derain's work began overtly reflecting his study of the Old Masters.

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Andre Derain accepted an invitation to make an official visit to Germany in 1941, and traveled with other French artists to Berlin to attend a Nazi exhibition of an officially endorsed artist, Arno Breker.

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Andre Derain died in Garches, Hauts-de-Seine, Ile-de-France, France in 1954 when he was struck by a moving vehicle.

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Andre Derain, photograph published in Gelett Burgess, "The Wild Men of Paris", Architectural Record, May 1910.

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