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La Chute De Phaëton (The Fall of Phaeton)
La Chute De Phaëton (The Fall of Phaeton)

© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2020. Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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Phaethon, son of Helios the sun-god, persuades his father to let him drive his sun-chariot, but wreaks such havoc that he is struck from the sky by Zeus (Ovid: Metamorphoses II, 150–327). A popular theme in the history of art, the abstracted and destructive quality of this work illustrates the artist’s role as a leading exponent of Fauvism. Derain sold the contents of his studio in 1905 to the dealer Ambroise Vollard, whose stamp is on the reverse.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

c.1905

Medium

brush, pen & black ink

Measurements

H 64 x W 35.8 cm

Accession number

2006.2

Acquisition method

purchased, 2006

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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