Maurice de Vlaminck

Maurice de Vlaminck (1876 – 1958) was a French painter and writer. Together with Matisse and Derain he was one of the central figures of the Fauve movement.

He descended from a family of musicians and earned his money by giving violin lesson, playing in bands, and writing.

His portraits are impersonal cartoons of a type, his landscape an excuse to express mood through violent color and brush work. His work is characterized by dynamic lines. He experimented with deconstruction, what means he turned the physical world into dabs and streaks of color that convey a sense of motion. He was influenced by van Gogh, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec and other Impressionists, yet over time his palette became more monochromatic and darker, punctuated by heavy strokes of contrasting white paint, and therefore clearly expressionistic.

Themes of his later work: dislike of civilization, destruction of nature through humans and their technologies

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