Maurice de VLAMINCK (1876-1958)

A strong personality with an impressive physique, a cyclist in his youth, living from his ressources as a violinist, a violin teacher and author of travel fiction, he began to paint at the age of 18 and met André Derain in 1900. They together formed what is called the Ecole de Chatou. The two friends worked in osmosis until 1914. It was during the famous Salon d’Automne in 1905 that the room where Vlaminck and Derain exhibited was called the cage aux fauves. They were the innovators of this movement aong with Marquet, Matisse and Camoin. The Fauve movement, composed of pure colours, lasted four years, from 1904 to 1908. Vuilliard bought his workshop as well as that of Derain. From 1907 to 1910, Cézanne’s influence, coupled with that of cubism, softened his technique which retained the advances of fauvism in its chromatic daring. The echo of the Cézanne period can be felt until 1927 - from this date until his death his painting stabilised. It is darker, more vehement and more lyrical. He was the specialist of dramatic atmospheres, small weatherbeaten paths crushed by storms. His painting shows a fascination for roads, snow mixed with earth, unknown horizons… A romantic vision painted with Rubenesque ardour, Rubens with whom he shared Flemish ancestry.

Entirely self-taught, an instinctive painter defying reason, Vlaminck, one of the 20th Century art giants, is present in all the major museums. “Painting is like cooking” he said. “You can’t explain it. It must be tasted”.

Vlaminck-Bougival-place-Agnes

Maurice de Vlaminck
"Bougival, place Agnès"
oil on canvas 60 x 73cm

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