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ID number:  BIRBI-97.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Derain, André (1880-1954)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Bartolomeo Savona
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  London
Culture:  French
Date made:  1906
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  45.7 x 35.4 cm unframed; 62.5 x 53 x 4cm framed
Provenance:  The sitters family, Italy, from 1906-1997; Giorgio Gallo, Italy; purchased by the Barber Institute, 1997

Savona was a Sicilian student who was staying in the guest house Derain used during his visit to London in 1906. According to family legend, Savona acted as the artist’s translator when he needed to visit a dentist. He then painted this portrait in three twenty-minute sittings as a gift. Derain uses raw and clashing colours and exuberant brushwork to create a lively and sympathetic image. Similar works had led him, and his associate Henri Matisse, to be dubbed Fauves (Wild Beasts) when they exhibited in Paris in the previous year.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed l.r.:a. derain

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Art Treasures of England: The Regional Collections', Royal Academy of Arts, London, 22 January - 13 April 1998 (no. 361)

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