ANDRÉ DERAIN (French, 1880-1954)
    Place au Puit (Chambourcy, France), c. 1930-1932
    Oil on canvas
    14-1/4 x 13-1/4 inches (36.2 x 33.7 cm)
    Signed lower right: a derain

    Christie's East, February 23, 1999 (lot 31)
    Private Collection, Chapel Hill, NC

    Michel Kellerman, André Derain: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint (vol. 3), Paris 1999, no. 2226, illustrated p. 211

    Andre Derain chose to use wide and broad brushstrokes of color when painting his paintings, leaving behind the dots of color indicative of the Impressionist painters. Later during the 1930s Derain received many commissions by the Paris opera to design both sets and costumes for numerous productions; the theatrical experiences during this time undoubtedly influenced his work during this period as can be seen especially in "Place Au Puits," c. 1930-1932. This wonderful landscape painting is centered around a central courtyard located in Chambourcy, France; the buildings along the perimeter of the cobblestone street rise to the bright blue sky and the water well is given center stage. The work is calm and peaceful, however at any moment you would expect action to erupt from the wings as the daily life of this town would, of course, center on the activity of collecting water.

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