Maurice de Vlaminck
Oil on canvas 66 x 55.5 cm Signed 'Vlaminck' in black lower left. - Relined. Otherwise in very good condition with fresh colours. One tiny loss of colour in the lower right corner.
Although Maurice de Vlaminck was initially particularly influenced by the Impressionists and was later among Fauvism's leading protagonists, he nonetheless soon developed a style of painting very much his own. The use of pure, unmixed colours - as was characteristic of the Fauves - quite quickly ceased to interest him and he began to darken his palette with more blackish-grey and earthy tones. Many of his landscapes are thus characterised by an extremely dramatic ambience. The present painting also possesses a charged atmosphere on account of the captivating contrast between the subdued tones and the luminous colours of the flowers. While the background displays almost abstract tendencies, emphasis has certainly been placed on the actual subject matter - a magnificent bouquet of flowers, whose accents of colour flare up intensely and animate the composition. Thus, alongside the reserved tonality, a decidedly emotional intensification of the mysterious general ambience occurs.
With a certificate by Maïthé Vallès-Bled, Paris, dated 10 July 1997 (copy). The work is registered under the reference no. 5466. It will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the paintings by Vlaminck by Maïthé Vallès-Bled and Godeliève de Vlaminck currently under preparation.
Acquired in 1946 by the family of the previous owner; since then European private collection; Private possession, Switzerland