To the dismay of many of his early supporters, Derain abandoned his vibrant Fauve palette after World War I for the muted colors seen in this portrait of his favorite niece by marriage, Geneviève Thailland (b. 1919). This picture has been called the finest example of Derain's late figurative style.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): A. Derain
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, New York (in 1941); Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum, New York (until 1989; sale, Sotheby's, New York, May 9, 1989, no. 40, sold to Matisse); Pierre Matisse, New York (until d. 1989); his widow, Maria-Gaetana Matisse, née von Spreti, New York (1989–d. 2001); Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Foundation (2002; gift to MMA)
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. "André Derain: Le peintre du 'trouble moderne'," November 18, 1994–March 19, 1995, no. 155.
Madrid. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. "A. Derain (1880–1954): El pintor del 'malestar moderno'," April 4–July 23, 1995, no. 39.