Gouache on paper. Featuring a landscape scene. Signed Vlaminck on the lower left corner. Inscribed in pencil MV Y0 on verso. Stamped illegibly on verso. Attributed to Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958). 70 x 28 cm (27.6 x 11.0 inches). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate
Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) was a French painter best known for his vividly hued landscapes. His The River Seine at Chatou (1906), typifies his early painting style, in which he utilized primary colors and short square brushstrokes to produce a sense of optic vibration. As with the other Fauves, Henri Matisse and André Derain, Vlaminck was influenced by the expressive works of Vincent van Gogh. “I heightened all the tones, I transposed in an orchestration of pure colors all the feelings I could grasp,” he once stated. “I was a tender barbarian filled with violence.” Born on April 4, 1876 in Paris, France, he pursued other careers to support himself before deciding to become a painter. Though he was mostly self-taught he did take private lessons from a few academic painters between 1888 and 1893. Reputed by many peers as a brash character, he often spoke of how a career in painting saved him from a life of destitution and crime. During World War II, Vlaminck was labeled as a Nazi sympathizer and was largely ostracized after the war. The artist died on October 11, 1958 in Rueil-la-Gadelière, France at the age of 82. Today, Vlaminck’s works are held in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.
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