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Andr� Derain - French Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Andr� Derain (1880 - 1954)

André Derain studied alongside Maurice de Vlaminck in Paris. After meeting Matisse together in 1899 and receiving encouragement to further their studies in color, Derain and de Vlaminck both adapted Fauvism. In 1905 at the prompting of art dealer, Ambroise Vollard, Derain traveled to England to paint the Pool of London, creating some of his finest pieces. His later landscapes adapted the lesser tonalities of Impressionism because of Cézanne’s influence. He also designed theatre sets and book illustrations. A year before his death, he contracted an eye infection from which he never fully recovered. He died in Garches, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France in 1954 when he was struck by a moving vehicle. Today, paintings by Derain sell for as much as US$6 million. The London paintings were the subject of a major exhibition at the Courtauld Institute 2005–2006.

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