Fishing Boats, Collioure

Artist: André Derain (French, Chatou 1880–1954 Garches)

Date: 1905

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 31 7/8 x 39 1/2 in. (81 x 100.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Raymonde Paul, in memory of her brother, C. Michael Paul, and Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.179.29

Rights and Reproduction: © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


In this painting, made at Collioure, Derain's heavily outlined forms present a dense, allover pattern dominated by the overlapping sails that cross the picture diagonally. At the lower left, two figures watch the fishermen at work on the shore. Beyond the multicolored sails are the sea, rising mountains, and a brief expanse of sky. The topography of the landscape can be identified, but Derain attempts no verisimilitude of space or color.