André Derain (1880-1954) The Pool of London (oil on canvas, 1906)

André Derain - The Pool of London

     Derain's manages to balance the expressive and descriptive qualities of colour in 'The Pool of London'. He uses the conflict between warm and cool colours to express the noise and activity of this busy dockyard. An illusion of depth in the painting is created by using stronger and warmer tones in the foreground, which gradually become weaker and cooler towards the background. This organised arrangement of tones in a landscape is called Aerial Perspective. The drawing of the image is typically simplified into shapes and forms whose details can be conveyed by unmodified brushstrokes of roughly the same size. This gives the painting an overall unity that you would not expect in a composition of such conflicting colours.
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