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Matisse-derain collioure 1905, water and fire

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Matisse-derain collioure 1905, water and fire

The story of Henri Matisse and Andre Derain, two of the founders of Fauvism, during their collaborative period in Collioure in the south of France in 1905.

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) arrived in the small and charming Catalan port of Collioure, in the south of France, on 16 May 1905. He soon invited André Derain (1880-1954), 11 years his junior, to join him. Derain arrived on 5 July. Matisse later wrote: “Working before a soul-stirring landscape, all I thought of was making my colours sing, without paying any heed to rules and regulations” to describe the feverish power of the pure colours that swept upon them both, drawing them into what the unbridled critics dubbed “la cage aux Fauves” (the wild beasts’ cage). Hence was born Fauvism, a movement that revolutionised modern art.