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André Derain (1905)

Henri Matisse

oil on canvas

Tate, London, Liverpool and St Ives

André Derain (1905)

© Succession H. Matisse/ DACS 2023. Photo credit: Tate





Oil, Canvas

Physical Object Description:

Inscribed, bottom, right 'HM' and 'MATISSE' down side of stretcher


39.4 x 28.9 (support) cm

Accession Number:



Purchased by the Tate Gallery with assistance from the Knapping Fund, the Art Fund, the Contemporary Art Society and private subscribers, 1954



Ownership history:

Michael Stein, Paris; Christian Tetzen Lund, Copenhagen; Tetzen Lund sale, Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen, 18-19 May 1925, lot 86 (as 'Buste d'un Maroquin', 40 x 29 cm), bought in; with Galerie Pierre, Paris, 1927; William Rees Jeffreys (1871-1954), Wivelsfield Green, Sussex, 1928; Jeffreys sale, Christie's, London, 26 November 1954, lot 113; purchased by the Tate Gallery (with assistance from the Knapping Fund, the Art Fund and the Contemporary Art Society and private subscribers), 1954


This portrait of the painter André Derain (1880-1954) was executed by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) at Collioure in the south of France in the summer of 1905 at the same time as the portrait of Henri Matisse by Derain also in the Tate’s collection. Following the Impressionists’ use of complementary colours, blue against orange and red against green but with a more vivid application of the paint, the style was regarded as radical and led the critics to call the artists ‘fauves’ (wild beasts) when they exhibited at the Salon d’Automne later that year. It was previously owned by William Rees Jeffreys (1871-1954) of Wivelsfield Green, Sussex, known for his advocacy of safer roads in the UK, and purchased at his posthumous sale at Christie’s by the Tate Gallery, with the assistance of Sir Colin Anderson from the CAS, amongst others, despite opposition.

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