Landscape near Chatou

André Derain

Paisaje en los alrededores de Chatou

Derain, André

Chatou, 1880 - Garches, 1954

Landscape near Chatou, 1904-1905

© André Derain, VEGAP, Madrid, 2015

Signed lower right: ''a. derain''.
Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on loan to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

Oil on canvas

54,2 x 65,2 cm

CTB.1997.31

Artwork history

  • Jean-Pierre Moueix Collection, Libourne

  •  Beyeler Gallery, Basilea

  • Sotheby’s Auctions, London, lot 98, December 4,  1968.

  • Private Collection

  • Jan Krugier Gallery, Ditesheim & Cie, Geneva,  1997

  • Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

1998 - 1999

Masterworks from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Tokio, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; Takaoka, Takaoka Art Museum; Nagoya, Matsuzaka Art Museum; Sendai, Miyagi Museum of Art, n. 79, p. 176

1999

Do impresionismo ó fauvismo: A pintura do cambio de século en París. Colección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, Santiago de Compostela, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, n. 34, p. 104

1999 - 2000

Del impresionismo a la vanguardia en la Colección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, Barcelona, Centre Cultural Caixa Catalunya, p. 126

2000

Del impresionismo a la vanguardia en la Colección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, México, DF, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, p. 114

2000

Del post-impresionismo a las vanguardias. Pintura de comienzos del siglo XX en la Colección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, Valencia, IVAM Centre Julio González, n. 14, p. 56

2000 - 2001

La Révolte de la couleur. De l'impressionnisme aux Avant-gardes. Chefs-d'oeuvre de la Collection Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, Bruselas, Musée d'Ixelles, n. 23, p. 76

2002

Il trionfo del colore. Collezione Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza. Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Kandinsky, Roma, Palazzo Ruspoli, p. 180

2006 - 2007

André Derain, Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti, n. 5, p. 108, lám. p. 109

2007

André Derain. An Outsider in French Art, Copenhague, Statens Museum for Kunst, n. 4, p. 63, lám. p. 59

2012 - 2013

Rusiñol, Monet, Gauguin, Sunyer. El paisaje en la Colección Carmen Thyssen, Gerona, CaixaForum; Tarragona, CaixaForum; Lérida, CaixaForum, n. 53, p. 164, lám. p. 165. (solo Tarragona y Lérida)

  • -Kellermann, Michel: André Derain: catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint. París, Editions Galerie Schmit, 1992-99, vol. 1, n. 40, p. 24, lám.

  • -Colección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza. Arnaldo, Javier (ed.). 2 vols. Madrid, Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2004, vol. 2, p. 266, lám. p. 267 [Sheet by Tomàs Llorens]

  • -Monod-Fontaine, Isabelle: “Opere in mostra”.  Ferrara 2006-2007, pp. 97-259 [English text listed as: “Works in the Exhibition”. André Derain. An Outsider in French Art. Monod-Fontaine, Isabelle (ed.).[Exhib. Cat.]. Copenhagen, Statens Museum for Kunst, 2007, pp. 53-189], cit. p. 99, detail p. 98

  • -André Derain. Monod-Fontaine, Isabelle (ed.). [Exhib. Cat. Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti  2006-2007]. Ferrara, Ferrara Arte S.p.a., 2006 , n. 5, p. 108, lám. p. 109 [Sheet by Isabelle Monod-Fontaine]

  • -Alarcó, P. y Borobia, M. (eds.): Guía de la colección. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2012, p. 282, lám.

Expert report

When in September 1904 Derain was discharged from his military service, he returned to Chatou, where he was living with his parents, and rented a small studio. Chatou was a small suburban town north of Paris in which Degas, Renoir and other Impressionists had been practising landscape painting. There, Derain met again Maurice de Vlaminck, whom he had known since 1901, and during the winter of 1904-1905 they went often out together to paint landscapes from nature. That winter Matisse, who was taking part in the organisation of the new Salon des Indépendants, asked them to participate in the March 1905 exhibition. It was also Matisse who, in February 1905, introduced Derain to the art dealer Vollard, who bought from the young artist all the pictures he had so far painted in Chatou.

Landscape near Chatou belongs to the series of landscapes Derain executed during that winter, which marked his professional career and during which the small artistic group known a year later as the fauves was being formed. Like in other landscapes painted that winter, the artist has chosen a small hill as his viewpoint. A clump of trees in the foreground, parallel to the pictorial plane, serves as a kind of screen through which we can see several houses in the middle distance, then the river and beyond it the cultivated plain. The horizon is very high and the sky can hardly be seen. The execution is very concise and direct, anticipating what would later be one of the characteristic traits of fauvism.

In this painting the palette relies essentially on cold shades, blues and greens. Unlike the purer and brighter colours found in works painted by Vlaminck and by Derain himself that winter, here the artist plays with rather subdued shades. From the two great post-Impressionist masters that Derain most admired at that time, namely Cézanne and Van Gogh, it is probably the former he had in mind on that occasion. Besides Cézanne’s influence, there is also a reference to the Nabis in the attempt to produce an effect of flatness and in the appearance of open cloisonné created by the lines of the naked branches that cut out the background landscape. Derain uses very often this device in his Chatou landscapes. In this sense, it is worth recalling that in the 1904 Salon d’Automne a separate room had been reserved for Cézanne, who exhibited forty-two paintings, and that in November and December the Galerie Druet had organised an important exhibition of Maurice Denis’s oeuvre, showing eighty-five of his works. Landscape near Chatou illustrates the recent impact of those exhibitions on the young Derain.

Tomàs Llorens