MAURICE DE VLAMINCK

(French, 1876-1958)

THE CÔTE D'AZUR

Gouache and Watercolor on Illustration Board

14½ x 10½ Inches

Signed Lower Right

 

An early twentieth-century, Post-Impressionist coastal landscape showing white-washed villas perched above the the French Riviera with a view towards the Mediterranean beyond.

 

Maurice de Vlaminck is recognized as one of the pioneers of Fauvism, alongside his friends André Derain and Henri Matisse. Vlaminck began painting in his late teens, taking lessons from a local Parisian artist named Henri Rigalon. He also worked as a musician after his father taught him to play the violin at a young age; but his main interest was painting, especially after he met Derain by chance following a train accident in 1900. The two painters set up a studio in Paris together from 1900 to 1901. This was a major turning point in Vlaminck's style, which took place after he saw Van Gogh's Post-Impressionist paintings exhibited in France. For many years, Vlaminck exhibited at the Society of Independent Artists and was the recipient of numerous awards and medals.

 

Reference:

Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Vol. XIV p. 303; Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler, Vollmer Supplement, Vol. XXXIV, p. 459.

 

Provenance: The Galerie Moderne at Brentanos, New York, NY. circa 1945.

 

Displayed in an archival silk mat with gilt slip within a gesso and carved gilt-wood frame by Richard Tobey & Son.

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