Birth: June 10, 1880
Death: Sept. 8, 1954
In 1880, Derain was born in a suburb outside of Paris to a middle class family and studied to be an engineer but dropped out of school before finishing. After serving in the military for a few years Derain returned to the classroom and attended Académie Julian the private art school of artist Rodolphe Julian. During the first decade of the 20th century, Derain along with Henri Matisse and Maurice de Vlaminck, was one of the leading forces in Fauvism. However, Derain’s work soon changed as he was influenced by African masks, some impressionistic elements of painting, and Cubism. In his mid to late 30’s his work became more traditional and by his 40’s, when he had a great deal of commercial success, his work bore virtually no resemblance to the vivid canvases he had produced in his younger years. Derain won the prestigious Carnegie Prize for atists in 1928. In 1941, Derain accepted an invitation from the Nazi government to attend an exhibition of work by Arno Breker the official state sculptor of Germany. After WWII ended Derain suffered from the political fallout of his actions and his art career stalled. He was struck and killed by a car in a suburb outside of Paris.
Some of his notable work includes: Portrait of Henri Matisse (1905), Turning Road (L’Estaque) (1905), and The Painter and His Family shown below and modified for the header image.
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