- Category : Art-Stage-Set-design
- Type : ME
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Education 1
French painter, sculptor and designer, considered by leading critics in the 1920s to be the most outstanding French avant-garde painter and at the same time the upholder of the classical spirit of French tradition. A diversionist in technique, his work creates the image of space and atmosphere with decorative surface patterns.
He began to paint at about age 15, and studied at the Academy Carriere in Paris. Derain met Matisse in 1898; with him and Vlaminick, with whom he shared a studio, formed the Ecole de Chatou in 1900. He served in the French Army 1901-04, and during WW I he served at the front.
Derain's work after 1908 in still life and landscapes was more muted. From 1914-18 he designed stage sets for the Ballet Russe. Derain won the Carnegie prize in 1928 for "Still Life: Dead Game" which was painted in 1918. After 1920, his classicism was pronounced.
Derain died on 10 September 1954, Bei Garches, France.