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The Palace of Westminster

André Derain (French, Chatou 1880–1954 Garches)

Date:
1906–1907
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
31 x 39 in. (78.7 x 99.1 cm); framed: 40 3/8 x 47.5 x 3 in. (102.5 x 121 x 7.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.168
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York
  • Description

    In 1905 and 1906 Derain traveled to London at the suggestion of the art dealer Ambroise Vollard, for whom he executed a number of views of the city, including the Lehman picture. As the artist later recalled, these canvases were inspired by Claude Monet's views of London painted only a few years earlier, which had "made a very strong impression on Paris." Derain’s long broken brushstrokes and bright bold colors reflect the influence of the Neo-Impressionists Paul Signac and Henri-Edmond Cross (both well represented by works in the Robert Lehman Collection) as well as that of Matisse, with whom Derain spent the summer of 1905 in the south of France.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed in lower right corner: aDerain

  • Provenance

    Acquired from the artist by Ambroise Vollard, Paris; either one of the twelve paintings by Derain bought on July 6, 1906, or one of the thirty bought by the summer of 1907; one of four paintings by Derain consigned to the Carroll Galleries, New York, before June 1917; upon the dissolution of the gallery, transferred to Walter Pach, New York; sent to John Quinn, on approval, late fall 1917; acquired from Vollard through Walter Pach by John Quinn, New York, 1919; estate of John Quinn, 1924-26; Delius Gallery [Delius Giese], New York; acquired by Robert Lehman, New York, November 1948.

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