Maurice De Vlaminck


Along with the masters of modern art Henri Matisse and Andre Derain, Vlaminck was one of the eminent members of the Fauve movement known for the intensity of colours in their paintings. Born in 1876 in Paris, Vlaminck studied paintings in his late teens though it was his meeting with Andre Derain during his army service that Vlaminck decided to pursue his career as an artist. The two aspiring artist rented a studio together in Maison Levanneur where he painted in the day while giving violin lessons and performed in musical bands at night. The pivotal moment in Vlaminck artistic journey was his visit to a Van Gogh exhibition in 1901 and his meeting with Henri Matisse, which lead him to a significant development in his life as an artist. Critics usually classify Vlaminck’s work into three major categories: Fauvism, to which he contributed intensely, his Cézanne period and finally his expressionist work, often somewhat murky and obstructed; as if this huge anti-intellectual instinctive artist decided to concentrate on the nature scenes that he first saw on the Pont de Chatou. Since his participation in the influential Salon d’Autonmne in 1905 known for its emphasis of innovation in art and the place of origin for Fauvism, Vlaminck travelled and exhibited along with his fellow Fauvist painters. An artist ‘on the fringe’ during his time, his participation in various avant-garde Salons did not prevent Vlaminck from remaining rather traditional with landscapes being his favorite subjects and sometimes included a hint of expressionism. Much inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Vlaminck’s paintings were characterised by strong vibrant colours with a style similar to the impressionists. Gradually, Vlaminck’s paintings took on a more monochromatic and darker palette as he came under the influence of Cezanne. Vlaminck’s paintings can be seen in museums around the world and widely collected by private collectors of modern art.

Available artworks