André Derain
(Chatou, 1880-1954, bei Paris)
The Table, ca. 1904
Oil on canvas, 94 x 85 cm
Signed lower left: Derain
Kellermann 273
When Derain, at the age of twenty-four, after three years of military service, returned in 1904 to civilian life to his place of birth, Chatou, and finally obtained permission from his parents to devote himself entirely to painting (with the aid of Matisse as an intermediary), he was bursting with creative ideas. It was just the right time to join the ranks of the avant-garde of young artists who were assisting the break-through of vigorous unbroken colours. This movement was so strong that it swept away all traditionalist reserves. The vitality of his friend Vlaminck, whom he met again at Chatou, the authority of Matisse, with whom he worked in Collioure in the summer of 1905 and Vollard's commission for London views with the Thames river, all contributed to suppressing any of Derain's scruples. Next to the many landscapes of these years, the still lifes are less frequent. An oversized and overflowingly realistic still life of 1904 shows still the strong influence of Cézanne. The interior with table and chair in the Bührle Collection, done shortly thereafter, shows then the influence of Derain’s painter friend Vlaminck in its robust chromatic harmony and its overstated perspective.