André Derain is one of the great figures of the artistic revolution of the beginning of the 20th century, both pictorial and sculptural: first of all as the protagonist of Fauvisme, together with Matisse and Vlaminck, and for his fundamental contribution, together with Braque and Picasso, to the primitivist and Cézannian experiments in the crucial moment of the incubation of Cubism, to which he does not adhere.
As part of its exhibition activity dedicated to the great modern masters, the Mendrisio Art Museum has decided to organize an important retrospective of André Derain, which intends to explore all the main aspects of his research, and in particular to help bring into focus and enhance the peculiar qualities of his complex and articulated production between the two wars and until his death.
Through the presentation of about one hundred works, the exhibition will develop through specific sections dedicated to the central issues of his research: in the field of painting, drawing, sculpture, and his commitment in the theatrical field.
As far as painting is concerned, we will try to analyse in particular the evolution and stylistic and thematic experimentations, as well as the numerous implicit or explicit references of the most different art territories of all ages. And this in the various genres: landscape, still life, portrait, female nude, the most articulated compositions.
Equally significant, although more limited is the sculptural production, which will be documented with a very interesting group of works.
Passionate about theatre, the artist collaborates in many important performances of shows and ballets. A section will try to highlight this less known but very relevant aspect of the artist's activity through a selection of drawings, sketches and photographic documents.
Edited by: Simone Soldini, Francesco Poli, Barbara Paltenghi Malacrida
Geneviève à la pomme, 1936-37 or 1937-38, oil on canvas, 92 x 73 cm, Geneviève Taillade Collection, © 2020, ProLitteris, Zurich.
L'Estaque, 1906, oil on canvas, 38 x 55 cm, Musée des beaux-arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Collection René et Madeleine Junod, inv. 1303.06, © 2020, ProLitteris, Zurich.
Le Maquignon, 1903-1905, watercolor, 43 x 64.3 cm, Musée d'Art moderne de Troyes, © 2020, ProLitteris, Zurich.
Nature morte au pichet et verre de vin, 1938, oil on canvas, 43.5 x 55 cm, Private collection, © 2020, ProLitteris, Zurich.
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