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Derain, Andre

Born: 1880 AD
Died: 1954 AD
Nationality: French
Categories: Painters

1880 – Andre Derain was born in Chatou, an artist colony outside Paris.

1898 – He enrolled in the Academie Carriere in Paris where he met Matisse.

1904 – After his military service, Derain exhibited his work at the Salon des Independants and then at the Salon d’Automne with Matisse, Vlaminck and others, thus creating the movement of Fauvism.

1906 – Derain met Picasso and his dealer, who purchased Derain’s entire studio, creating newfound financial success. During this time, he was hired for the illustrations for works by Guillaume Apollinaire and Andre Breton.

         – Hitler’s Foreign Minister commissioned him to paint a family portrait, but he politely refused. His popularity began to decline after the war because of disagreement over new artistic movements.

1954 – He later lost most of his eyesight due to illness, which may have been the reason he was hit by a truck, dying from shock at the age of 74.