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Maurice de Vlaminck on a Fauvist Seine

Maurice de Vlaminck was a French artist who was also a member of the Fauve movement. He is known for his landscapes of Northern France, still lives, and portraits. And his work is characterized by broad, quick brushstrokes and intense use of bold color.

Artist Career

Maurice de Vlaminck began painting in his spare time with Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin’s works as inspiration. In 1905, he exhibited his work at the Salon d’Automne. He also showed his work at the Salon des Independants and the Salon d’Automne.

In 1906, de Vlaminck traveled to Brittany with his brother Charles and friend André Derain where the landscape inspired him to paint in a more spontaneous style. And the influence of Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse emerged in his works.

Also in 1906, de Vlaminck became a full-time painter and relocated to the countryside to paint.

In the 1920s, he received commissions for portraits. And he continued to paint in his characteristic style through the 1930s and 1940s until he died in 1958.

Famous Artwork of Maurice de Vlaminck

Like many other Fauves, de Vlaminck’s choice of bright colors and bold brushstrokes resulted in critics initially panning his work. But in time, his work gained popularity, and he was able to gain a following.

Several of his works hang at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 904. And some of his most famous artworks include:  

  1. The Seine at Chatou 
  2. André Derain (1880–1954)
  3. Sunlight on Water