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The Church at Vers

© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021. Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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In 1905–1906 Derain was one of the leading Fauves (Wild Beasts), an avant-garde group of French artists who produced brightly coloured landscapes. Under the influence of Cézanne, he subsequently adopted a more restrained palette. This landscape, with a romanesque church and a calvary on a hill, was painted at Vers, near Cahors, in the mountainous Lot region of Southern France. Its fresh, self-consciously naïve approach pays homage to Trecento Italian painting.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 65.5 x W 92.3 cm

Accession number

NMW A 2161

Acquisition method

purchased from the Lefevre Gallery, 1974

Work type


Inscription description

Stretcher: Stencil: 43TY Label: ARTS COUNCIL OF GREAT BRITAIN EXHIBITION DERAIN 1967 CAT NO 49 ARTIST Derain TITLE The Church at Vers OWNER E.A. Alport, Oxford Label: MARLBOROUGH FINEN ART LIMITED Nineteenth Twentie C Frech paintings from English Private collections Loan Exhibition June - July 1965 Cat No. 13 Label: No.1047 GALERIE KAHNWEILER 28, Rue Vignon, 28 Label: K 292 F Label: 131/73 Label: (inscribed) ANDRE DERAIN Le Lot (?) E. ALPORT Fr


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