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Maurice de Vlaminck

French Painter, Graphic Designer, and Writer

Movements and Styles: Fauvism, Cubism

Born: April 4, 1876 - Paris, France

Died: October 11, 1958 - Rueil-la-Gadelière

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Quotes

"I try to paint with my heart and my loins, not bothering about style."
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"I heightened all the tones, I transposed in an orchestration of pure colors all the feelings I could grasp. I was a tender barbarian filled with violence."
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"For me 'the Cubist uniform' is very militarist, and you know how little I am 'the soldier type.' Barracks make me neurasthenic and Cubist discipline reminds me of my father's words: 'the army will do you good! It will give you character!"
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"In art, theories are as useful as a doctor's prescription; one must be sick to believe them."
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"What is Fauvism? It is me: it was my style of that time, my way of combined revolt and liberation, my self-chosen alienation from schools or anyone else; my blues, my reds, my yellows, my pure colors and unmixed tones."
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"Painting was an abscess which drained off an evil in me. Without a gift for painting I would have gone to the bad. . . what I could only have achieved in a social context by throwing a bomb. . . I have tried to express in art."
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"I never go to museums. I avoid their odor, their monotony and severity."
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"I wanted to burn down the Ecole de Beaux Arts with my cobalts and vermilions and I wanted to express my feelings with my brushes without troubling what painting was like before me... Life and me, me and life."

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Synopsis

French Fauve artist, Maurice de Vlaminck, seems to have been in a contest with the iconic Cubist, legendary womanizer, and notoriously egotistical, Pablo Picasso. What these two rebellious artists did have in common was an uncanny ability to innovate, to create something completely new. For Picasso, it was Cubism; for Vlaminck and his fellow Fauves, André Derain and Henri Matisse, it was the bright, expressive colors - likened to "fire crackers" - and outrageously unconventional depictions that earned the group their influencial place in history. Vlaminck later railed against developments in modern art when, ironically, he was one of the true pioneers of modernist abstraction.

Key Ideas

Vlaminck, along with the other Fauve painters, continued the approach established by the Impressionists of rejecting conventional themes and instead representing scenes from everyday life. Rather than depicting stories from mythology, history, or portraying notable figures, his paintings often featured unremarkable cityscapes and landscapes, as well as unknown denizens of Parisian nightlife, all enlivened by his bright, unnatural Fauve palette.
Even though he experimented with the Cubist style, Vlaminck seems to have regarded Cubism as an unworthy opponent of what he saw as the more revolutionary artistic style of the Fauves. He alienated himself from the Paris art world by his outspoken condemnation not only of Cubism, but of its most renowned co-founder, Picasso.
Vlaminck's particular brand of Fauvism incorporated heavy, dark outlining of brightly colored forms that - more so than those of the other Fauves - had a profound impact on the development of abstract, expressive painting and printmaking on German modernist artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Kirchner, and Emile Nolde.

Biography

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Childhood

Maurice de Vlaminck was born on April 4, 1876 in Paris. He grew up in a working class family of musicians. His father Edmond Julien taught the violin, and his mother Joséphine Caroline Grillet taught piano. When he was three years old his family moved to Le Vesinet, a town about 10 miles northwest of Paris, to live with his grandmother.

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Influences and Connections

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Artists

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
Paul CézannePaul Cézanne
Édouard ManetÉdouard Manet
Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin

Personal Contacts

André DerainAndré Derain
Émile ZolaÉmile Zola

Movements

Neo-ImpressionismNeo-Impressionism
ImpressionismImpressionism
PointillismPointillism
DivisionismDivisionism

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Years Worked: 1899 - 1958
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Artists

André DerainAndré Derain
Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
Emile NoldeEmile Nolde
Ernst Ludwig KirchnerErnst Ludwig Kirchner
Wassily KandinskyWassily Kandinsky

Personal Contacts

Daniel-Henry KahnweilerDaniel-Henry Kahnweiler
Ambroise VollardAmbroise Vollard

Movements

ExpressionismExpressionism
Die BrückeDie Brücke
Der Blaue ReiterDer Blaue Reiter
Neo-FauvismNeo-Fauvism

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