Blog post re-publishing Leland Bell’s seminal 1960 artice The Case for Derain as An Immortal.
Bell writes: “The wholeness of [Derain’s] art is a response to the wholeness of nature. His art does not separate life into compartments: instinct here, intellect there. He didn’t paint with half of himself… Derain senses the virtue of … objects; they remain intact. He paints them as clear entities. He preserves the integrity of their appearance, of the ‘skin’ that represents their interior being.”