The Black Feather Boa

André Derain (French, Chatou 1880–1954 Garches)

Oil on canvas
64 x 38 1/2 in. (162.6 x 97.8 cm)
Credit Line:
The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    To the dismay of many of his early supporters, Derain abandoned his vibrant Fauve palette after World War I for the muted colors seen in this portrait of his favorite niece by marriage, Geneviève Thailland (b. 1919). This picture has been called the finest example of Derain's late figurative style.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: LR: A Derain

  • Provenance

    Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, New York (by 1941); Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum (1908 - 2002), New York (inherited from the above, her first husband - her sale, Impressionist and Modern Paintings and Sculpture, Part I, Sotheby's, New York, May 9, 1989, lot. no. 40); Pierre Matisse, New York (purchased at sale, May 1989 - his d. August 1989); his widow, Maria-Gaetana Matisse, née von Spreti, New York (1989 - her d. 2001); Pierre and Maria Gaetana Matisse Foundation (2002; gift to MMA).

  • Exhibition History

    "André Derain: le peintre du " trouble moderne "," Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, November 18, 1994-March 19, 1995, exh. cat. by Suzanne Pagé, with Françoise Marquet, Miriam Simon, and Jacqueline Munck, with texts by Jean-Michel Alberola, Jean-Louis Andral, Philippe Dagen, Pierre Daix, Laurence Betrand-Dorléac, Jack Flam, Judi Freeman, Jean Leymarie, Tomas Llorens, Bernard Marcadé, Françoise Marquet, and Suzanne Pagé, no. 155, pp. 253 (ill.), 483;

    "André Derain, 1880-1954, El Pintor del "Malestar Moderno"," (venue of Paris 1994-95), Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, April 4-July 23, 1995, exh. cat. with texts by Suzanne Pagé, Françoise Marquet, Miriam Simon, Jacqueline Munck, Jean-Louis Andral, Philippe Dagen, Pierre Daix, Laurence Betrand-Dorléac, Jack Flam, Judi Freeman, Jean Leymarie, Tomàs Llorens, Françoise Marquet, Jean-Christophe Paolini, and Suzanne Pagé, Spanish transl. by José Luis Checa, no. 39, pp. 165 (ill.), 215;

    "André Derain," (venue of Paris and Madrid 1994-95), Daimaru Museum of Art, Osaka, September 20-October 1, 1995, Daimaru Museum of Art, Tokyo, October 26-November 7, 1995, Daimaru Museum of Art, Kyoto, December 31, 1995- January 23, 1996, exh. cat. with texts by Jacqueline Munck, Françoise Marquet, Miriam Simon, in French and Japanese, transl. and with contribution by Tatsuji Ohmori, no. 44, ill. p. 68;

    "The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, exh. in three parts, May 18, 2004-June 26, 2005, no cat. (see MMA Bulletin 2004);

    "Pierre Matisse passeur passionné: Un marchand d'art et ses artistes," The Mona Bismarck Foundation, Paris, Oct. 20, 2005-January 14, 2006, exh. cat. edited by Pierre Schneider, essays by Pierre Schneider, Paul Matisse, Sabine Rewald, Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, and Jacques Dupin, pp. 101 (ill.), 190, and thumbnail on back cover;

    "André Derain: An Outsider in French Art," Statens Museum For Kunst, Copenhagen, February 10-May 13, 2007, exh. cat. by Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, Rikke Warming, Dorthe Aagesen, with additional texts by Sibylle Pieyre de Mandiargues, Gertrud Kobke Sutton, and Anna Schram Vejlby, 2007, no. 74, pp. 165 (ill.), 171.

  • References

    Malcolm Vaughan, Derain (New York 1941), ill. pl. 39 n.p., pp. 76, 77;

    Madge Garland, The Changing Face of Beauty: Four Thousand Years of Beautiful Women (London 1957), pp. 183 (ill.), 223;

    Patrice Bachelard, Derain: Un fauve pas ordinaire (Paris 1994), ill. p. 76;

    Michel Kellermann, André Derain: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, 3 vols. (Paris 1992-99), vol. 3 (1999), no. 1704, p. 93, ill.;

    Magdalena Dabrowski, William S. Lieberman, and Sabine Rewald, "Selections from the Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection," Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 61, no. 4 (Spring 2004), pp. 12-13, ill.;

    Holland Cotter, "Matisse the Son, Illuminating His father's Legacy" (review of MMA 2004), New York Times (May 14, 2004) p. E28;

    Hilton Kramer, "Dealer Pierre Matisse, Henri's Collector Son, Shown at Metropolitan," New York Observer (June 13, 2004), p. TK;

    Louise Nicholson, "A Man of Infinite Taste: The Met has Bagged a Major Treasure in the Pierre Matisse Collection," Apollo (October 2004), p. 85.

    Sabine Rewald in The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection (New York, 2009), pp. 43-46, 151-52, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History