© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY / ADAGP, Paris
Title: At the Suresnes Ball
Date: 1903
Artist: André Derain
French, 1880–1954
Medium: oil on canvas
70 7/8 × 57 1/8 in. (180 × 145.1 cm)
framed: 81 7/8 × 67 15/16 × 3 1/2 in. (208 × 172.6 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 172:1944
Current Location: Not On View
A man in an infantry uniform dances with a taller woman, the splayed fingers of his white-gloved hand sharply illuminated against her green skirt. Three fellow soldiers observe in the background; the tallest may be a self-portrait of André Derain who painted this work during a year of military service. The artist takes a humorous approach to his subject, presenting the dance as an awkward social ritual. This early picture is notable for its areas of bold, flat color, anticipating Derain’s experiments with Fauvism.
Signed: l.r., in gray paint: a Derain / – 1903
Ambroise Vollard (1867-1939), Paris, France

Étienne Bignou (1891-1950), Paris, France; New York, NY, USA

Joseph Brummer (1883-1947), New York, NY

by 1936 - 1943
Carroll Carstairs, New York, NY [1]

In auction of "Important Paintings" at Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 29, 1943, lot no. 41 [2]

- 1944
Safron Galleries (Max Safron), St. Louis, MO

1944 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Safron Galleries [3]

The main source for this provenance is Kellermann's catalogue raisonné, cat. no. 351 [Kellermann, Michel. "André Derain: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint." Paris: Editions Galerie Schmit, 1992]. Exceptions and other supporting documents are noted.

[1] This painting was included in an exhibition from November 1936 until January 1937 at the Brummer Gallery. At that time it was in the collection of Carroll Carstairs, as it is referenced in the accompanying exhibition catalogue ["Derain." Brummer Gallery, New York, November 9, 1936 - January 2, 1937, cat. 42]. Evidently this work was brought to the United States in 1936, the same year as the Brummer exhibition. Macolm Vaughan wrote in 1941: "The Suresnes Ball... dropped into oblivion from the time it was painted until it came to light the other day and was brought to New York. It had been lying rolled up in a Paris attic for years and had never been framed" [Vaughan, Malcom. "Derain." New York: The Hyperion Press, 1941, p. 30]. An undated note by the Max Safron Gallery further verifies this statement: "The picture originally purchased by Ambroise Vollard was rolled up and put away until brought to America in 1936" [SLAM document files].

The painting was still in the Carstairs' collection in 1943. An exhibition catalogue from that year indicates the painting was lent by Carroll Carstairs Gallery, New York ["Catalogue of an Exhibition of Men in Arms." Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, February 2 - March 4, 1943, cat. 24].

[2] It was offered by Carstairs at auction April 29, 1943, and likely sold to Safron Galleries ["Important Paintings". New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, April 29, 1943, lot no. 41].

[3] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, October 5, 1944.
Exhibition History
Title: 20th Century Masterworks from St. Louis Collections
Date: December 1, 1973 - February 3, 1974
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Men in Arms
Date: February 2 - March 4, 1943
Venue: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Title: Derain (1954-55)
Date: December 11, 1954 - January 30, 1955
Venue: Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne
Title: André Derain: Le peintre du 'Trouble Moderne'
Date: November 18, 1994 - March 19, 1995
Venue: Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Title: Important Paintings
Date: April 24 - 29, 1943
Venue: Parke-Bernet Galleries
Title: Paintings: 1900-1925
Date: February 2 - March 4, 1951
Venue: Cincinnati Art Museum
Title: Masterpieces of Modern Painting
Date: April 3 - 24, 1948
Venue: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Title: Fauve Exhibition (Les Fauves)
Date: February - March, 1959
Venue: Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts
Title: Derain (1936-37)
Date: November 9, 1936 - January 2, 1937
Venue: Joseph Brummer
Title: Derain Before 1915
Date: November 29, 1961 - January 14, 1962
Venue: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Title: Ballet Exhibition
Date: January 12 - 30, 1938
Venue: The Boston Museum of Modern Art
Title: Les Fauves (1952-53)
Date: October 8, 1952 - May 31, 1953
Venue: Art Gallery of Toronto
Venue: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Venue: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Venue: Museum of Modern Art, New York
Title: Loan Exhibition of International Art
Date: October 15 - December 15, 1937
Venue: The Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Publication History
Title: New History of World Art Series
Author: Toshihide Orihashi
Title: Catalogue of an Exhibition of Men In Arms
Year Published: 1943
Title: André Derain
Author: Denys Sutton
Title: The St. Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collections
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Derain
Author: Malcolm Vaughan
Title: A. Derain: El Pintor del 'Malestar Moderno'
Editor: Concha Vela
Title: Paintings: 1900-1925
Publisher: Cincinnati Art Museum
Title: Derain
Author: Jean Cassou
Title: André Derain et la Photographie
Author: Françoise Marquet
Title: Las negras manos de Derain
Periodical Title: Arte y Parte
Author: Angel Gonzales Garcia
Title: The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris
Author: Patricia Leighten
Title: Loan Exhibition of International Art
Publisher: The Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Title: Derain
Author: George Hilaire
Title: Fauvism
Periodical Title: Praeger World of Art Series
Year Published: 1967
Title: Derain
Publisher: Joseph Brummer
Title: Genie und Doch ein Verräter?
Periodical Title: Arts
Edition: May
Year Published: 1991
Title: Only in America: One Hundred Paintings in American Museum Unmatched in European Collections
Author: Pierre Rosenberg
Title: André Derain
Author: N. Kalitina
Title: André Derain: Le peintre du 'Trouble Moderne'
Author: Suzanne Pagé
Title: André Derain , 1904 - 1912
Publisher: Museu Picasso
Title: Masterpieces of Modern Painting
Publisher: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Title: Les Fauves
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art, New York
Title: Le Fauvisme
Author: Cécile Debray
Publisher: Citadelles & Mazenod
Title: At the Suresnes Ball by André Derain
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Author: Jaquelin Ambler
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Important Paintings
Publisher: Parke-Bernet Galleries
Title: Derain
Year Published: 1955
Title: Derain
Author: Jane Lee
Title: Derain
Periodical Title: Connaissance des Arts
Year Published: 1994
Title: André Derain, Catalogue Raisonné de l'oeuvre peint
Author: Michel Kellermann
Title: Fauvism
Periodical Title: World of Art Series
Year Published: 1991
Title: The Careful Vision of André Derain
Periodical Title: Art News
Author: Martha Davidson
Title: Derain
Year Published: 1964
Title: Frühe Werke - Suchen nach Form und Inhalt
Periodical Title: Du
Author: Margit Weinberg-Staber
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