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Landscape in Provence (Paysage de Provence)

André Derain

European Art

Here, the schematic design and compressed composition collapsing foreground and background show the increasing influence of Paul Cézanne, who had died in 1906. At this time André Derain began to move away from the shocking, non-naturalistic colors of the paintings he had made just a few years prior while working with Henri Matisse in Collioure. Instead, he began to emphasize the underlying geometry and structure of the landscape in flat, intersecting patches of color that are true to the bright greens, blues, and terracottas of the sunlit South of France.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1908
    DIMENSIONS 12 11/16 x 16 in. (32.2 x 40.6 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1939, provenance not yet documented; before 1939, possibly acquired by Mrs. F. M. Pollak of New York, NY; by June 1939, acquired by an anonymous collector; October 19, 1939, gift of an anonymous collector to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION André Derain (Chatou, France, 1880–1954, Garches, France). Landscape in Provence (Paysage de Provence), ca. 1908. Oil on canvas, 12 11/16 x 16 in. (32.2 x 40.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 39.273 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.273_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 39.273_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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