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André Derain (French 1880-1954)

Along with Matisse, Vlaminck and Rouault, Derain's inspiration came from a desire to work with strong colours. They were given the nickname 'Fauves' or wild beasts, as an expression of their 'wild' use of colour. Despite the priority of colour in his work, Derain did not neglect the line, as is illustrated in his drawings. His use of the line in drawings is as spontaneous as his use of colour in his paintings. These drawings are confident, free and immediate in a manner that is associated with Matisse.