Maurice de Vlaminck: Fauvism against Cubism

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Maurice de Vlaminck was a French painter born on April, 4th 1876. Along with André Derain and Henri Matisse he is considered one of the principal figures in the Fauve movement, a group of modern artists who from 1904 to 1908 were united in their use of intense colour.

In 1893, he studied with a painter named Henri Rigalon on the Île de Chatou.

Two of de Vlaminck's groundbreaking paintings, Sur le zinc (At the Bar) and L'homme a la pipe (Man Smoking a Pipe) were painted in 1900.

In 1911, de Vlaminck traveled to London and painted by the Thames. Two years later, he painted with Derain in Marseille and Martigues.

From 1925 he traveled throughout France, but continued to paint primarily along the Seine, near Paris. Resentful that Fauvism had been overtaken by Cubism as an art movement De Vlaminck blamed Picasso.

During the Second World War De Vlaminck visited Germany and on his return published a tirade against Picasso and Cubism in the periodical Comoedia in June 1942.

He died in Rueil-la-Gadelière on 11 October 1958.




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