Along with Matisse and Vlamink, Derain was one of the three great representatives of Fauvism. The name comes from the French word fauves, which means “wild beasts”. An art critic was visiting an exhibition by these artists in which a Renaissance sculpture by Donatello had been placed in the same space. The contrast was so great that he remarked: “Donatello among the wild beasts!”, and so the style was christened “Fauvism”. The movement was distinguished by its lavish use of colour, which didn’t always match reality.
Derain was admired by the Nazis, and was invited to Berlin, and although he never actually worked for them, he was accused of collaboration during the German occupation of France.
This work by Derain is reminiscent of the Pointilliste style, because of the small, isolated brushstrokes, but the colour is typical of the Fauvistes.
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Text (a) Catalina Serrano Romero
Photo: Portrait of André Derain, 1903 (a) Author: André Derainist. Source: Wikipedia (Selle pildi autoriõigused on lõppenud, sest tegu on anonüümse autori või siiani avamata jäänud pseudonüümi all avaldatud teosega ning teose avaldamisest on möödas üle 70 aasta.)
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