Derain

Derain

Derain

Derain

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Of all the painters alive today, André Derain is perhaps the ablest. Matisse is suaver; Rouault, stronger; Picasso, more various; Aba-Novák, the virile Hungarian, richer in mood; Rivera, the Mexican, more impassioned, and several artists in the United States more immediately lovable. But Derain leads the list in purity and depth. The estimate is conditional, of course, for final judgment of an artist's work is not to be reached in his lifetime. Yet when we measure Derain by the standards with which we measure the masters--genius combined with natural talent, rare concept combined with technical skill and timeless truth combined with period freshness--he seems to stand the tallest among contemporary painters. Several critics have hinted or said as much and I recall no authority such as Apollinaire, Salmon, Bell or Wilenski who has given an opinion to the contrary.

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