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DescriptionMAURICE DE VLAMINCK (French, 1876-1958)
Normandie, pommiers dans la neige, circa 1930
Oil on canvas
21-1/4 x 25-1/2 inches (54.0 x 64.8 cm)
Signed lower left: Vlaminck
Japanese exhibition label verso
Sotheby's, London, Impressionist & Modern Paintings & Sculpture Part II, March 30, 1988, lot 204;
Collection of Valentine Segal, 1990;
Sotheby's, London, Impressionist & Modern Paintings & Sculpture Part II, April 4, 1990, lot 427;
Christie's, New York, Impressionist & Nineteenth Century Art, May 13, 1999, lot 226 (label verso);
The Wildenstein Institute will include this painting in their forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.
Inspired by the examples of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Seurat, and Cézanne, Maurice Vlaminck, along with Henri Matisse and André Derain, is recognized as a founder of Fauvism, which was the first 20th-century movement in modern art. In their seemingly chaotic compositions, the Fauves, or "Wild Beasts," used bold, non-naturalistic colors to describe light and space in a quest to express an emotional state.
The Fauve movement was short-lived, and by 1908 Vlaminck's compositions were becoming more orderly and his colors subdued. Normandie, pommiers dans la neige from 1930 is the perfect example of the artist's later more orderly style typical for this period. In these later compositions, he used thick paint, squeezed directly from the tube onto the canvas, as a vehicle for expression. In Normandie, pommiers dans la neige, this technique enabled Vlaminck to capture an atmosphere of chaos for this windswept, bitterly cold, infertile snow scene. The viewer is confronted with Vlaminck's raw unmetered emotion, exuded in each brushstroke, which can be both disturbing and calming.
Original canvas; under UV exam, appeas to be a small, minor spot of in-painting along extreme top edge in upper right corner; otherwise, painting appears to be in overall very good condition. Framed Dimensions 29.75 X 34.25 Inches
Vlaminck, Maurice de:Maurice de Vlaminck is well known as one of the pioneers of Fauvism. The son of musicans, he was born under the influence of the arts. In fact, he began as a musician himself though he also considered himself a painter. In 1900, on his way home from a short stint in the army, he met and befriended Andre Derain, the co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Mattise, and was inspired to paint more seriously. He was heavily influence by Derain and also by the works of master Vincent Van Gogh. In 1902, de Vlaminck also met and befriended Henri Matisse who encouraged Maurice to show his work in the 'Salon des Independents'. In 1914, his artistic career was iterrupted after being drafted into World War 1. He has since become known for his early works in bold colors, landscapes, and the signature, unrestrained style of Fauvism. Later pieces after his return from the war consist of darker and more monochromatic colors. Later on, he expiramented with woodcuts, lithograph, watercolors and even wrote novels and an autobiography. His career ended with his death in 1958 at the age of 82.
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