Monet remains a realistic painter but the post-impressionnisme already offers another path. Around Matisse, the Fauves blow up the colors. Art critics are surprised but the public appreciates this pictorial revolution that takes painting forever away from the influence of photography.
Vollard was always ready to support the avant-gardes, especially when they were represented by very young artists. Derain explored the new language of colors in 1905 with Matisse in Collioure. Vollard desires to compete with Durand-Ruel and commissions Derain for a series of views of London.
On May 9 in New York, Sotheby's sells an oil on canvas 76 x 99 cm titled Les voiles rouges painted by André Derain in 1906.
This view of boats on a river does not include an architectural detail but there is no doubt that it is located on the Thames. Not only the shape of the sails meets the typical Thames sailing barges, but their blazing red interspersed with blue responds with the usual Fauviste exaggeration to the reddish brown color of the models.
The pointilliste processing of water is reminiscent of the influence of the style of Signac that Derain had discussed with Matisse at the beginning of their cooperation in Collioure and anticipates the canals in Venice by Monet. The geometric segmentation of the sky between clouds, mist, sun against the light and a patch of blue is a thoroughly modern vision.
This painting is a spectacular achievement of the Fauviste style. It is estimated $ 15M, lot 24.