Art Plus – The Dance – A painting by André Derain

The Dance

Rhythms of the wild
Pure colours and brushstrokes dance
The music of art

The Dance, 1906 painted by André Derain. The painting reflects Derain’s eclectic style and interest in a variety of Western and non-Western artistic traditions. The artist combines several influences in The Dance, Paul Gauguin’s influence is the most dominant.

Most evidently, the exotic elements and landscape in The Dance relate to Gauguin’s Tahitian paintings that celebrated the lush, tropical environment. Derain even borrows some elements from Gauguin’s symbolism, such as the long serpent intertwined between the dancing figures.

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