André DERAIN (Chatou 1880 - Garches 1954)
Study of Flowers Sold
Watercolour on buff paper. A fragment of a nude study in red chalk on the verso. Stamped with the Knaublich Derain collection sale stamp (not in Lugt) at the lower right centre.233 x 334 mm. (9 1/8 x 13 1/8 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
Similar watercolour studies of flowers are found in a small sketchbook of over three hundred pages used by Derain between 1903 and 1907, today in the collection of the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.The present sheet was part of a group of some 4,200 drawings by Derain, sold at auction in France in 2002, which belonged to the artist’s illegitimate son, André Charlemagne Derain, known as ‘Boby’ (1939-1996). Recognized by his father and ‘adopted’ by the artist’s wife Alice, Boby inherited some three-quarters of the contents of Derain’s studio at the time of his death in 1954. Following Boby’s death in 1996, the collection passed to his mother (and Derain’s model and mistress) Raymonde Knaublich, who died in 2001.
By descent to the artist’s son, André Charlemagne (‘Boby’) Derain, ParisHis mother, Mme. Raymonde Knaublich, ParisHer posthumous sale, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 23-24 March 2002.