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Top 10 Famous André Derain Paintings

When this French artist started experimenting with colors together with one of his colleagues, he radically changed the course of art history.

André Derain (1880-1954) was an Avant-Garde artist who worked together with other aspiring painters such as Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958).

The three of them are considered to be the founders of “Les Fauves,” an art movement that revolved around bold and unnatural colors.

He produced some of his most notable works during the first two decades of the 20th century. He radically changed his style towards a revival of classical art.

The 1920s marked his international breakthrough and Derain’s works were exhibited in art galleries all around the world.

So what are some of the most famous paintings in the oeuvre of André Derain? In this article, you’ll find out!

1. Charing Cross Bridge, London

  • Date created: 1906
  • Dimensions: 100.3 x 80.3 centimeters (39.48 x 31.61 inches)
  • Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., United States

Charing Cross Bridge, London is the title of one of the dozens of paintings that André Derain painted on a trip to London. he was sent there by the renowned art dealer Ambroise Vollard to capture the city.

He came back with a remarkable series of Fauvism paintings that are considered to be among his most celebrated works, including this one.

Charing Cross Bridge London by Andre Derain
Charing Cross Bridge, London / Wiki Commons

2. Portrait of Henri Matisse

  • Date created: 1905
  • Dimensions: 33 x 41 centimeters (12.99 x 16.14 inches)
  • Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, United States

The Portrait of Henri Matisse is one of several versions of Derain’s depiction of his friend and colleague whom he worked with during the first decade of the 20th century.

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This painting in Philadelphia renders Matisse almost recognizable because his face consists of nothing more than a few patches of green and orange paint.

Portrait of Henri Matisse by Andre Derain
Portrait of Henri Matisse / Wiki Commons

3. Mountains at Collioure

  • Date created: 1905
  • Dimensions: 81.3 × 100.3 centimeters (32 × 39.5 inches)
  • Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., United States

Mountains at Collioure is a beautiful landscape painting by André Derain which depicts the mountains near the port town of Collioure in Southern France.

It was completed during the Summer of 1905 when Derain was working together with Matisse in this part of the country. It’s another prime example of the color technique that defines the Fauvism art movement.

Mountains at Collioure by Andre Derain
Mountains at Collioure / Wiki Commons

4. Landscape Near Chatou

  • Date created: 1904
  • Dimensions: 56.2 x 46.04 centimeters (22.12 x 18.12 inches)
  • Location: Private Collection

Landscape Near Chatou is another very colorful landscape that was produced the year before Derain’s extended visit to Southern France.

It depicts the landscape near Chatou, his hometown in the Yvelines Department, and the place he grew up in. It was completed shortly after he completed 3 years of military service and clearly emphasizes his hunger for experimentation.

Landscape near Chatou by Andre Derain
Landscape near Chatou / Wiki Commons

5. The Turning Road, Estaque

The Turning Road, Estaque is in my opinion the most beautiful painting by André Derain. It was completed at the height of the Fauvism movement which only lasted a couple of years and radiates the vibrant colors that made it so influential.

It depicts a scene in the southern French town of l’Estaque, a place that can be found in the oeuvre of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) as well.

Estaque by Andre Derain
Estaque / Wiki Commons

6. Baigneuses (Equisses)

  • Date created: 1908
  • Dimensions: 46 x 38 centimeters (18.11 x 14.96 inches)
  • Location: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

Baigneuses (Equisses) is André Derain’s version of this popular subject that emerged during the renaissance but which became increasingly more popular during the 19th century.

He painted several versions and the one that can be admired at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris is a rather small version of indistinguishable female bathers.

Baigneuses by Andre Derain
Baigneuses (Equisses) / Wiki Commons

7. Big Ben

  • Date created: 1907
  • Dimensions: 98 x 79 centimeters (38.58 x 31.1 inches)
  • Location: Musée National d’Art Moderne (Centre Pompidou), Paris, France

Big Ben is the title of another painting in Derain’s series of London cityscapes and arguably one of the most stunning paintings he produced there.

The French artist was heavily influenced by the paintings of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) during this phase in his career and this is very clear in this work. The vibrating sun in the top left corner is certainly something he had seen before.

Big Ben by Andre Derain
Big Ben / Wiki Commons

8. The Table

  • Date created: 1911
  • Dimensions: 96.5 × 131.1 centimeters (38 × 51.62 inches)
  • Location: MET Museum, New York City, United States

The Table is a painting that was completed after the Fauvism artists dispersed and we can clearly see the paradigm shift of Derain’s style.

He ditched the bright and vibrant colors and started experimenting with simple subject matter depicted in a more realistic style in this period. Instead of looking forward, he looked back and became inspired by the works of the Old Masters.

The Table by Andre Derain
The Table / Wiki Commons

9. Nature Morte (Still Life)

  • Date created: 1912
  • Dimensions: 100.5 x 118 centimeters (39.56 x 46.45 inches)
  • Location: State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nature Morte (Still Life) is another still life that highlights the change in direction that André Derain took during the years before the outbreak of World War I.

This period in his career is referred to as his “Gothic Period” and his main goal was to create a new style of classical art. His quest was halted for several years when he was drafted for military service in 1914.

Nature morte Still Life by Andre Derain
Nature Morte (Still Life) / Wiki Commons

10. The Painter and his Family

  • Date created: 1939
  • Dimensions: 176.5 × 123.8 centimeters (69.48 x 48.74 inches)
  • Location: Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom

The Painter and his Family can be described as a symbolic painting that embodies the artist’s philosophy related to art, especially during the final decades of his life.

Long gone were the days when he painted colorful landscapes in Southern France. Instead, he worked in his studio with his family nearby. The animals, the fruit, and the caring family members are symbolic representations of the idyllic life of an aging artist.

The painter and his family by Andre Derain
The Painter and his Family / Wiki Commons