Maurice de Vlaminck  (French, 1876-1958) 

Maurice de Vlaminck (French, April 4, 1876–October 11, 1958) is recognized as one of the pioneer Fauvism painters in Europe, alongside his friends and influencers André Derain (French, 1880–1954) and Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Vlaminck began painting in his late teens, taking lessons from a local Parisian artist named Henri Rigalon. He also doubled up as a musician after his father taught him to play the violin at a young age; but his main interest was painting, especially after he met Derain by chance following a train accident in 1900. The two painters set up a studio in Paris together from 1900 to 1901. This was a major turning point in Vlaminck's style of painting, which took place after he saw Van Gogh's Post-Impressionist paintings exhibited in France. The powerful brush strokes and intense use of unnatural colors by Van Gogh soon became his trademark, as witnessed in one of his first exhibitions held in 1905 at the Salon des Indépendants, together with Derain and Matisse.

One of Vlaminck's most popular paintings is the Remorqueur sur la Seine, Chatou (1906). This and other pieces that mainly consisted of primary color palettes prompted art critic Louis Vauxcelles to term the artists as Fauves (wild beasts) due to their unrestrained manner of painting, which was not common at the time. The artist traveled to London in 1911 and painted the River Thames, but returned to France during World War I, where he was stationed in Paris. His post-war paintings became more subdued, influenced by Paul Cézanne's work (French, 1839–1906).

The painter settled in Northwestern Paris and married a second wife, Berthe Combe, with whom he had two daughters. During this time, he wrote numerous poems and several novels, including autobiographies and songs. The artist also cycled along the Seine River for inspiration. His final works before his death in 1958 were mostly Post-Impressionist in nature, depicting rural scenes of his hometown in France.

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Maurice de Vlaminck, Marine et Voiliers


Maurice de Vlaminck
Marine et Voiliers
Auction: Apr 23, 2014
Fine Art Auctions Miami
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Maurice de Vlaminck, Route enneigee avec eglise


Maurice de Vlaminck
Route enneigee avec eglise
Auction: Apr 26, 2014
Ise Art Co. Ltd.
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Maurice de Vlaminck, Landscape in Normandy


Maurice de Vlaminck
Landscape in Normandy
Gilden's Arts UK
Maurice de Vlaminck, Untitled


Maurice de Vlaminck

Galerie Dreyfus
Maurice de Vlaminck, Vase of Fleurs


Maurice de Vlaminck
Vase of Fleurs

Jimmy D. Robinson, Inc.
Maurice de Vlaminck, Rue de Village


Maurice de Vlaminck
Rue de Village
Jimmy D. Robinson, Inc.
Maurice de Vlaminck, Maisons au bord de l'eau


Maurice de Vlaminck
Maisons au bord de l'eau
circa 1940

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Maurice de Vlaminck, Vase de Fleurs


Maurice de Vlaminck
Vase de Fleurs

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Maurice de Vlaminck, Village in Normandy


Maurice de Vlaminck
Village in Normandy
Ravenscourt Galleries
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Maurice de Vlaminck, Les Blés dans le Perche


Maurice de Vlaminck
Les Blés dans le Perche, 1950
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Maurice de Vlaminck, Les chalets


Maurice de Vlaminck
Les chalets


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Maurice de Vlaminck, Букет цветов


Maurice de Vlaminck
Букет цветов, 1900-1925
oil on canvas


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1876   Born in Paris, April
1879   Settled the western Parisian suburb of Le Vésinet with his musician parents
1894   Married (had many children)
1896 - 1899   Military service. After the war, he earned money giving music lessons and as a bicycle courier
1900   Met Monet and befriended André Dérain
1904   Exhibited in the Galerie Berthe Weill in Paris where he met Matisse and others of his circle
1905   Showed at the Salon des Indépendants. Later that year his work was included in the famous cage aux fauves at the Salon d’Automne in the company of Matisse, Marquet, Dérain, Rouault, Manguin, Camoin, Puy and Friesz.
1919   Exhibited at Druet and later was represented in a number of Exhibitions devoted to Fauvism
1951   Exhibited at the Musée Nationale d’Art Moderne de Paris
1952 - 1953   Exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York
1955   Honoured by his family’s country of origin with his election as a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium
1957   Exhibited at the Musée Nationale d’Art Moderne de Paris
1958   Died: in Rueil-la-Gadeliere, France on October 11th
1962   Exhibited at the Galerie Charpentier in Paris
1987   The Museum of Fine Arts in Chartres held an exhibition of his work
2007   El espejo y la máscara. El retrato en el siglo de Picasso, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
2005   The splendid palette, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
2004   Fauve Painting in the Permanent Collection, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2004   Auswahl, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne
2004   Masterpieces from the National Museum in Belgrade, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Den Haag
2003   EXPRESSIV! Foundation Beyeler, Riehen
2002   La collezione Rau. Sei secoli di grande pittura europea, GAMeC - Galleria dArte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo
2002   Wühlen in Farben, Wälzen in Klängen Aus der Sammlung, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern
2002   Maurice de Vlaminck - Katsuzo Satomi - Yuzo Saeki, Hiroshima Museum of Art, Hiroshima
2002   The Unexpected - Artists Ceramics of the Twentieth Century, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
2001   Le Fauvisme en noir et blanc, Musée dart moderne de Céret, Céret
2001   Classics, Galerie Beyeler, Basel
2000   La révolte de la couleur. De limpressionnisme aux avant-gardes. Musée d'Ixelles - Museum van Elsene, Brussels
2000   Farbe > Licht, Foundation Beyeler, Riehen
1999   Masterprints, Galerie nächst St. Stephan - Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
1999   La joie de vivre, Galerie BECK & EGGELING, Duesseldorf
1998   Exhibition of the century, Wellington City Gallery, Wellington
  Museums: Antwerp, Avignon, Belgrade, Berlin, Brussels, Chartres, Chicago, Epinal, Grenoble, Le Havre, London (Tate Gallery), Munich, Nantes, New York (Museum of Modern Art), Ottowa, Paris (Musée Nationale d’Art Moderne, Musée du Petit Palais, Bibliothèque Nationale), St Tropez, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Troyes, Washington DC (National Gallery).