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ID number:  BIRBI-2006.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Derain, André (1880-1954)
Title / Object name:  La Chute de Phaëton (The Fall of Phaeton)
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  France
Culture:  French
Date made:  about 1905
Materials:  Brush, pen and black ink
Measurements:  Paper 640 x 358 mm; mount 872 x 570 mm
Provenance:  Ambrose Vollard, Paris; purchased from Stoppenbach & Delestre Ltd., London, July 2006

Phaethon, son of Helios the sun-god, persuades his father to let him drive his sun-chariot, but wreaks such havoc that he is struck from the sky by Zeus (Ovid: Metamorphoses II, 150-327). A popular theme in the history of art, the abstracted and destructive quality of this work illustrates the artist’s role as a leading exponent of Fauvism.

Derain sold the contents of his studio in 1905 to the dealer Ambroise Vollard, whose stamp is on the reverse.

Notes:  Drawing of subject in Pompidou, Paris André Derain (1880 - 1954), La Chute de Phaéton, char du soleil, [1905 - 1906], Aquarelle et mine graphite sur papier, 62,5 x 47,7 cm, Non signé, non daté, Dation, 1994, Inventory number : AM 1994-82

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