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Maurice de Vlaminck was born in 1876

4 April, 2016

Maurice de Vlaminck, 1905-06, Barges on the Seine (Bateaux sur la Seine), oil on canvas, 81 x 100 cm, Pushkin Museum, Moscow

French painter Maurice de Vlaminck (1876 – 1958) is considered, along with André Derain, Henri Matisse and André Manguin, one of the principal figures in the Fauve movement, the group united in their use of intense colour.

Fauvism was the first and briefest avantgarde movement of the 20th century; it lasted only three years, from 1905 to 1907/8.The designation is derived from the description of the works by a critiqur, at the legendary Paris Autumn Salon of 1905 where Vlaminck one of the participants.

Vlaminck and the other artists in the group, captured their motifs with arbitrarily selected and intensely brilliant colours, sketchy brushstrokes and unmodeled colour areas. They were provided with important impulses by Van Gogh and his pastose brushstroke, by Cezanne and his unfinished canvasses, as well as by the scientific colour theories of Paul Signac.

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