Portrait of the Painter Étienne Terrus

André Derain (French, 1880 - 1954)

1905. Oil on canvas, 25 3/4 x 19 1/2". 1991.001.011

“Colors became cartridges filled with dynamite to be exploded through contact with light,” André Derain said about the paintings he and his friend Henri Matisse created in the summer of 1905. That autumn, a critic dubbed their work Fauve, from the French for “wild beast.” The artists who painted in this style worked intuitively, seeking visual and emotional stimulation from their subjects and translating their feelings directly to canvas, as Derain has here, using vibrant, irregular dashes and patches of intense color.

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