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Trees by a Lake, Le Parc de Carrières-St-Denis
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Trees by a Lake, Le Parc de Carrières-St-Denis


André Derain (1880-1954)

Oil on canvas

Depth: 8.3 cm ( frame ); Width: 84 cm ( frame ); Height: 73 cm ( frame ); Width: 65 cm ( canvas ); Height: 54.1 cm ( canvas );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Fry, Roger Eliot; bequest; 1935

About this work
The bold fields of colour and expressive black lines relate this work to Fauvism, the first avant-garde artistic movement of the twentieth century. The reduction of the trees to near abstract patterns also suggests an awareness of early Cubism. Derain is known to have visited Carrieres Saint-Denis with the Cubist painter Georges Braque. This work was bought by the painter and critic Roger Fry and was shown in his influential Post-Impressionist Exhibition of 1910-11. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2003

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