Le port de Collioure
André Derain(Chatou, 1880 - Garches, 1954)
This work has been authenticated by the Comité Derain.
In 1904, after three years of military service, André Derain returned to Chatou to resume his collaboration with Maurice de Vlaminck. For two months, during the summer of 1905, he joined his friend Henri Matisse, already one of the leading figures of Fauvism. in Collioure, The high points of Derain’s Fauve period would behis paintings of Collioure and London in 1905 followed by l’Estaque and London in 1906.
This view of Collioure shows the transition between the Chatou works and the large compositions he would paint during his trip in Collioure.
In this important Fauve work, at the height of the movement, Derain applies paint in large colourful patches and strokes and is specifically attentive to the brilliant light. To quote his own words: “a world of clarity and brightness without shadow”.
This painting has remained in the same collection for more than fifty years. It is the first time this work will be exhibited in America.
N. Kalitina, A. Barskaïa, E. Gheorghievskaïa, André Derain, Le peintre à l’épreuve du feu, Parkstone, 1995, p. 64
Georges Hilaire, Derain, Genève, 1959, p. 54
Gaston Diehl, Derain, Paris, 1964, p.14
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