A founding member of Fauvism, André Derain is known for his innovative landscape and cityscape paintings in which he transforms the subject with bold and largely unrealistic colors.
Early in his career Derain worked closely with Henri Matisse, which helped convince Derain’s family to let him pursue a career in painting. In Derain’s celebrated depictions of London’s Thames River and Tower Bridge, he applied each color separately in dots or dabs.
Derain’s later work features more subtle tones and new subjects, including portraiture and still life. Inspired by his friendship with Pablo Picasso, Derain’s post-Fauve works show an engagement with both classicism and Cubism, and this so called “classical” style earned him widespread recognition throughout Europe and the United States.
The painter died on this day in 1954.