Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Happy birthday to Maurice de Vlaminck

 If you like bright, vivid colors....April 04, 1876. Maurice de Vlaminck (4 April 1876 - 11 October 1958) was a French painter. 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 color. In this image: A member of public reads the information panel for the Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) painting titled 'Le Jardinier' during a pre-sale preview held in London, Thursday June. 16, 2005.

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 Derainand 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 ... http://www.theartstory.org/artist-de-vlaminck-maurice.htm


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