The Sunken Path, L'Estaque

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

Date: 1906

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 16 1/4 x 13 1/8 in. (41.3 x 33.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Louis W. Bowen, 2002

Accession Number: 2003.253

Rights and Reproduction: © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 830
Inscription: Signed (lower left): a derain
[Ambroise Vollard, Paris]; Georges Levy, Paris; [Sidney Janis Gallery, New York]; Edward A. Bragaline, New York (by 1963–d. 1999; his bequest to Bowen); Louis W. Bowen, New York (1999–d. 2002; his bequest to MMA)

New York. M. Knoedler & Co., Inc. "Twentieth Century Masters from the Bragaline Collection for the Benefit of the Museum of Early American Folk Arts," November 6–23, 1963, no. 17 (as "Arbre dans le chemin creux," 1905).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art [The Met Breuer]. "Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible," March 18–September 4, 2016, unnumbered cat. (pl. 125).

Stuart Preston. "Art: Bragaline Collection." New York Times (November 6, 1963), p. 36.

Michel Kellermann. André Derain: Catalogue Raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Vol. 3, 1935–1954. Paris, 1999, p. 209, no. 2216, ill., calls it "Paysage du midi" and dates it about 1906.

Merlin James. "Book Reviews. André Derain: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Tome III (1935–1954)." Burlington Magazine 143 (May 2001), p. 303 n. 4.

Sabine Rewald in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2003–2004." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 62 (Fall 2004), p. 37, ill. (color), calls it "The Turning Road, L'Estaque" and dates it about 1906.

R[ichard]. S[hone]. "Acquisitions (2000–10) of nineteenth-and early twentieth-century French art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York." Burlington Magazine 152 (December 2010), p. 844, fig. XVI (color).

Eva Reifert in Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art [The Met Breuer]. New York, 2016, pp. 285–86, colorpl. 125.

Derain painted about fifteen paintings in L'Estaque from August through September 1, 1906 [see Véronique Serrano in "L'Estaque: Naissance du paysage moderne 1870/1910," Musée Cantini, Marseille, 1994, p. 229].