The style of creativity of Andre Derain was formed under the influence of the main trends of the 20th century - Fauvism and Cubism. Andre Derain proved himself as a talented creator of theatrical scenery.
Years of life and features of creativity
The future artist was born in 1880, so his young years and maturity came just at the turbulent time of changes in art, when new trends and trends in painting arose, which then spread to other types of creativity. In order to learn art, he had to compete with his parents who wanted him an engineering career.
Derain studied with Eugene Carrier and at the Paris Academy of Julian. The work style of the future master was greatly influenced by two brilliant artists who were his friends in different years - Maurice de Vlaminck and Henri Matisse. Their works in the Fauvism style formed the early creative style of Andre Derain, but did not change his recognition, did not make him faceless and monotonous. He learned the best from this style, but did not blindly copy it, but developed his own, peculiar and very bright vision of the world around him. After Derain served in the army, he lived in England for more than 2 years. It was during this period that he created spectacular Fauvian landscapes depicting various views of London - the harbor, the Thames embankments, and magnificent Hyde Park. Exhibited at the Autumn Salon in 1905, these canvases aroused particular interest among visitors, impressing them with rich colors and large color spots that add dynamism to the whole composition. The special expressiveness of Derain's paintings made him famous among the interested public. A vivid example of the work of this period is “Port” and “London Harbor”.
The influence of cubism and specifically the work of Paul Cezanne - a new stage begins in the work of Andre Derain. His paintings become geometrically clear, and the color scheme changes from very bright to dark, with a predominance of gray, brown and murky green tones. The compositional solution of the canvases is also changing - “balance” and solid stability appear in them. The decade from 1910 to 1920 was marked by the artist's appearance of canvases depicting the boring everyday life of the province. It was a kind of stagnation in the development of Derain as a master, since in these years he did not experiment with new images and styles, "frozen" in the banality of the environment ("Saturday Day").
Changing Derain's Style
Since the 20s of the last century, the artist begins to use the classic style of the image, often referring to the work of other artists, rethinking it in his own way. This did not affect the personality of the master’s handwriting - these best canvases are recognizable and distinguished by a special style and vision.
Andre Derain died in 1954, but his legacy is still of interest to art lovers, and he is rightfully included in the cohort of the most famous artists of the last century.