Portrait of Andre Derain (1905) by Henri Matisse

Portrait of Andre Derain - Henri Matisse - 1905

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Andre Derain
ArtistHenri Matisse
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions39.5 x 29 cm
Art MovementFauvism
Current LocationTate Modern, London, UK

About Portrait of Andre Derain

The artwork “Portrait of Andre Derain” is a notable oil on canvas created by Henri Matisse in 1905. Classified within the genre of portraiture, this piece exemplifies the vibrant and expressive characteristics of the Fauvism art movement. Measuring 39.5 by 29 cm, the artwork is currently housed at the Tate Modern in London, UK.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a boldly colored and stylistically simplified portrait of a man. Matisse’s use of thick, expressive brushstrokes and a vivid palette is evident, with contrasting colors placed adjacent to one another to create a sense of depth and intensity. The subject’s face is composed of patches of color that accentuate his features in a non-realistic manner, adhering to the Fauvist approach that prioritizes emotional expression over accurate representation. The figure is depicted with a mustache and beard, and the background is composed of broad, dynamic brushstrokes that suggest a lively atmosphere surrounding the figure. The artist has signed the artwork, as indicated by the initials distinctly visible in the composition. This portrait is a quintessential example of Fauvism’s innovative use of color and form to convey the artist’s personal interpretation of the subject.

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