Born in Chatou, France, painter, sculptor, printmaker and theatrical designer Andre Derain studied under French Symbolist artist, Eugène Carrière, where he met fellow pupil, Henri Matisse. Derain continued his studies at the Académie Julian and in 1905 worked with Matisse to exhibit their highly innovative paintings at the “Salon d’Automne,” marking the beginning of the Fauvist movement. Derain is considered to be a key founder of this style.
From 1910 to 1913 Derain exhibited works at the Neue Künstlervereinigung in Munich, the secessionist Der Blaue Reiter, the Armory Show in New York, and illustrated a collections of poems by Max Jacob. The 1920s marked the height of Derain’s success and in 1928 he was awarded the Carnegie Prize and began exhibiting abroad in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Paris, New York, Chicago and Cincinnati, Ohio. More recently, Derain’s paintings were the subject of a major exhibition at the Courtauld Institute in London from 2005-2006.