André Derain

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André Derain, 1880-1954

Tête de Femme. Reverie No. 2. 1927


Original lithograph in black ink. 1927. Signed in black chalk and numbered xxiv in pencil. From the proof edition of 25 impressions numbered in roman numerals (total edition 125). Issued for the series: Metamorphoses, published by Quatre Chemins, 1927.

Ref: Adhémar – André Derain L’Oeuvre Gravé no 71.

Very fine strong impression. On soft white wove Arches paper. Generally excellent unrestored condition; one very minor soft crease at left sheet corner (5 ins clear of image), the very slightest soiling and old mount hinges on reverse of sheet. Full margins.  Sheet: 380 x 510mm. Image: 315 x 352mm.


During the 1920’s Derain worked on a series of lithograph studies of female figures. His classical approach to form and great sensitivity to sculptural plasticity, created through the poses of head and hands for example, and his really outstanding feeling for the way differing strengths and richness of line could be mixed with shading, for instance using the ‘flat’ of the chalk, make these some of the most satisfying works of their genre from the inter-War years in France.

Derain was a great friend of Matisse and their careers had much in common. They met at the Académie Carrière in Paris in 1899; around 1905, like Matisse, Derain began to use expressive colour and an emotional handling of pigment, culminating in the works exhibited at the famous Fauve show in 1905. After a period under the influence of Braque and Picasso, Derain began during the 1920’s to concentrate on a more classical approach to form, celebrating the perfection of the human figure in a manner linked to Maillol. In his drawing and his lithography the prime role of the line was to describe both surface and space within a single stroke.


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