André DerainFrench (Chatou, France, 1880 - 1954, Garches, France)
Paysage du Midi (Landscape of the Midi)
Painted at L'Estaque, on the southern coast of France, Landscape combines broken brushstrokes with flat, unshadowed planes of color. This method of painting was revolutionary at the time, and it propelled Derain and his colleagues Henri Matisse and Maurice Vlaminick to the forefront of the first avant-garde art movement of the twentieth century, Fauvism. The areas of unmixed color, juxtaposed with the curvilinear rhythms of the tree trunks, are decorative in mode. Daringly free in his application of paint and rendering of natural appearances, Derain produced a joyous image that emphasizes the clear, intense light of the semitropical Mediterranean landscape.