Signed lower right.
- Kunsthandel E.J. van Wisselingh & Co, Amsterdam (inv.no. 7069)
- Private collection, Nederland
André Derain died at the age of 74; run over by a car. Since then he became a somewhat neglected, nearly marginal figure in the history of European art.
Indeed his work seems to have little internal coherence; he turned away from the notions of avant-garde and his profound engagement in traditional themes and genres was seen as out of date. For the occasional observer, the life and work of Derain present a sort of enigma.
He appears evidently as an artist who, instead of finding out new forms of expression, like his friends Matisse and Picasso, chose to isolate himself in the shadow of tradition, preferring a dialogue with the past.
In this work of the 30ies, he clearly connects with the 17th century Spanish and Italian tradition of the Bodegón, in themselves influenced by the roman wall paintings discovered in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
We think of one picture in particular, Canestra di frutta, 46 cm × 64 cm, from 1596 painted by Caravaggio, now in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan.
He must have known this famous painting which inspired him to brush this stillive.
And in doing so he entered the age-old tradition, which will eventually become timeless.