The 1906 death of Paul Cézanne led André Derain to pursue a subject favored by the last of the great Post-Impressionists: bathers in an idyllic landscape. In this diminutive oil, Derain divides his small landscape into two sloping, forest-green patches of land—dotted with citrus-colored strokes—surrounding the mouth of a deep ultramarine river. The bathers appear in various states of undress, with one especially curvy figure turning from the viewer as her thick raven hair falls just above her waist. A vibrant array of whites helps to tie together this almost mythic space.


  • Title: Classic composition
  • Creator: André Derain
  • Date Created: 1907
  • Physical Dimensions: 9 × 11 in. (22.9 × 27.9 cm)
  • Rights: © Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
  • Medium: Oil on board
  • Object Credit: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Young

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