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Fauve artist André Derain died in 1954
8 September, 2016
French artist André Derain (10 June 1880 – 8 September 1954) was a painter, sculptor and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse.
A pioneer of the most daring artistic avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century, from fauvism to cubism, and a precursor of 1920s and 1930s classicism, Derain was celebrated during the early decades of the last century as one of the most important living artists – equal to Matisse and Picasso.
His standing declined, however, after the Second World War, owing in part to the controversial political position which he took during the Nazi occupation of France and his participation in a propaganda trip to Germany during 1941; for a long time his work was scarcely investigated and was presented rarely to the public.
Only recently have several scholarly publications and a series of important international exhibitions reawakened an interest in Derain, restoring to him the stature of a great master of the twentieth-century art.
Top Image: André Derain, 1906, Charing Cross Bridge, London, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.