The Game Bag

La Gibecière

Though André Derain was especially interested in the representation of the human figure or landscapes, very early on he also painted still lifes. He most likely developed this genre upon returning from a trip he made to Spain during the year 1910 and which was the chance for him to discover the sombre still lifes of Spanish painters of the Spanish Golden Age. Derain then began painting decorated tables like the one in La Gibecière [The Game Bag], which do indeed bring hunting to mind: here we see a dead bird (a woodcock) spilling onto the table from out of the game bag (the bag used to hold dead game). This bag is hung from a nail that also holds two horns used to call the dogs or other hunters. The other objects: the basket, goblet jug and glass, are represented from a non-realist point of view that tends toward Cubism. This was done intentionally by the painter who concentrated on the effects of light and shadow that alternately strike the motifs. The composition is very constructed and is backed by a pink cloth draped in a quarter circle in the upper right.
When it came up for auction in 1921 and 1926 Derain's signature was indicated on the back of the canvas in the upper left. The signature that is currently visible at the bottom was therefore added by the artist after the 1926 auction.

Provenance: purchased from the artist by D.-H. Kahnweiler, Paris; Kahnweiler auction, Paris, Drouot, June 13-14, 1921 as a wartime sequestration, no. 43; Auction A; Pellerin, Drouot, May 7, 1926, no. 8, Van Leer, Paris; Paul Guillaume; Domenica Walter