September Lobby Painting- Fishing Boats

You can see the original of this painting, Fishing Boats, Collioure By André Derain at

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan!

downloadIn this painting, entitled Fishing Boats, Collioure, we see a very simple structure.  The artist used colored outlines around most of the shapes in the painting.  There is a lot of movement in the piece.

The two dominant elements of art are line and color.  The artist used a thick line around most of the items in the painting.  This accentuates the shapes and colors.  Derain also uses bright colors on the canvas.  He uses complimentary colors such as yellow sails against the blue.

The two main principles of design used by the artist are contrast and rhythm.  There is a contrast between the dark and light colors and also between the complementary colors.  Rhythm is very strong in this painting.  The sails emphasize a diagonal direction.  There is a musical effect to this painting.

About the Artist

André Derain was born in Paris, France in 1880.  From the age of 18, Derain spent many hours at the Louvre Museum copying the masters.  He was inspired by the works of Van Gogh, especially his use of color.  He achieved fame in the art world by the time he was 30 years old.  He continued to paint until his death in 1954.  In addition to painting, Derain illustrated books, designed costumes, and created stage art.