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André Derain

André Derain was a French Painter who was regarded to have been the co-founder of the art style Fauvism, along with compatriot Henri Matisse.

Just six years into his career as an artist, renowned art dealer Ambroise Vollard purchased his entire collection of paintings, allowing him to spend the rest of his 40+ working years in financial stability, free to experiment across styles and mediums.

André Derain Summary

  • Born in 1880 in Chatou, Yvelines, Île-de-France near Paris
  • He was active from 1900 until 1950
  • Crossed Neo-Impressionist, Pointillism, Fauvism and Cubism
  • Controversially accepted an invite to visit Berlin during the Nazi occupation of Paris where he lived at the time
  • Died in Garches, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France in 1954 when as a pedestrian he was struck by a car – likely due to a pre-existing eye condition

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