Roses in a Vase

Roses dans un vase

In 1928 André Derain was awarded the Carnegie Prize by the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, United States, for his painting La Chasse [The Hunt]. He decided to enter the running again in 1934 with this bouquet of different coloured roses. He was awarded another prize in relation to this theme: the Allegheny Prize awarded by the Allegheny County Garden Club for "the best painting of a garden or flowers (...) this work excels in the most extraordinary way possible for those who know how difficult it is to reproduce the true colours of flowers".
The bouquet and its vase stand out from the brown background thanks to their vibrant colours. The delphiniums and brooms form a star around the flowers which range from very pale pink on the left to dark red-pink on the right. The choice of bright colours and a dark background brings to mind the flower still lifes by Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), highly esteemed in the United States. Derain painted this bouquet at least one more time since a still life closely resembling this one also exists, in which the vase is simply seen from a different angle.

Provenance: Paul Guillaume; Domenica Walter