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André Derain


André Derain - Harlequin and Pierrot

 André Derain
 Harlequin and Pierrot, c.1924
 oil on canvas
 175 x 175 cm
 © Photo RMN - Daniel Arnaudet
 © André Derain, 1924/ADAGP
 Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2001



Derain abandoned his engineering studies in 1898 to study painting at the Académie Carrière. He was one of the most original of the Fauve painters, working first with Maurice de Vlaminck at Chatou and then at Collioure with Matisse. In 1907 he moved to Montmartre, near the tenement building known as the Bateau-Lavoir, and became friends with Picasso and Georges Braque. Together they shared an interest in Cézanne and African sculpture. His success was such that by 1910 his dealer, Kahnweiler, was buying – and selling – his entire production. After this time he withdrew from the avant-garde and developed his own manner of working, focusing on still life and figurative subjects, heavily influenced by the classical art of the past.


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