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The Church at Vers

DERAIN, Andre (1880 - 1954)

The Church at Vers

Date: 1912

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 65.5 x 92.3 cm

Acquired: 1974; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 2161

In 1905-06 Derain was one of the leading Fauves (Wild Beasts), an avant garde group of French artists who produced brightly coloured landscapes. Under the influence of Cézanne, he subsequently adopted a more restrained palette. This landscape with a romanesque church and a calvary on a hill was painted at Vers near Cahors in the mountainous Lot region of Southern France. Its fresh, self-consciously naïve approach pays homage to Trecento Italian painting.

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