André Derain (1880-1954) was a leading Fauve painter. He worked side by side with Matisse, thus both aimed at employing colour for aesthetic and compositional consistency and to rouse emotional reactions. The most emblematic elements of his artistic production are tropical settings and audacious colours deriving from Derain’s study of Gauguin’s canvases, as well as flattened perspectives. Derain used colour to define space, and he signified light and shadow not by differences in value but by contrasts of hue. For the Fauves, colour does not describe the local tones of subjects, but expresses the picture’s content.
Latest Exhibitions: 2016 André Derain - Tête-à-Tête, Dierking, Zurich.