Sailing Boat, Chatou (Primary Title)

Maurice de Vlaminck, French, 1876 - 1958 (Artist)

ca. 1906
oil on canvas
Unframed: 22 3/4 × 28 in. (57.79 × 71.12 cm)
Framed: 33 1/4 × 38 1/4 in. (84.46 × 97.16 cm)
Born into an artistically inclined Franco-Belgian family, Vlaminck began a career as a journalist before devoting himself to painting around the beginning of the 20th century. He was close friends with fellow artist André Derain, who sent him letters describing the bright chromatic effects and formal synthesis then emerging from experiments with Matisse in Collioure. Derain's approach had a decisive influence on Vlaminck's own avant-garde production, and the two artists eventually shared a studio in Chatou, west of Paris. His work was exhibited alongside paintings by Matisse, Derain, and Marquet at the 1905 Salon d'Automne, a manifesto made up of canvases that insistently announced these young painters' definitive break with all established rules of composition. This representation of the Seine near Chatou foregrounds the division of tones into elementary touches—a stylistic feature typical of the earliest canvases made by the Fauve artists, and one that reveals the important influence of Van Gogh's expressive work for this group of painters.
signed, lower left: "de Vlaminck"
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
2019-2020: "Van Gogh Monet Degas, The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", Palazzo Zabarella, Padua, Italy, October 26, 2019 - March 1, 2020

2019-2021: Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS, April 4, 2020 - January 10, 2021

2018: "Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, March 17 - July 15, 2018; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 22 - September 22, 2019

“Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911,” Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, June 24-Sept. 25, 2011

“Vlaminck, Un Instinct Fauve,” Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, Feb. 20-July 20, 2008

Nice, 1961, no. 82
©artist or artist’s estate

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