Ball of soldiers in Suresnes

Artist: Andre Derain
Original name: Bal des soldats a Suresnes
Style: Post-Impressionism
Genre: genre painting
Date: 1903
Copyright: Public domain US

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.