A Special Cézanne-influenced Vlaminck

On 29 October 2020, by Caroline Legrand

A rare work from Maurice de Vlaminck's Cézanne period, depicting a scene of the painter's beloved banks of the Seine, is coming up for auction n Bordeaux,

Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958), La Vallée de la seine (The Seine Valley), c. 1912, oil on canvas, signed, 87 x 115 cm.
Estimate: €70,000/100,000

There are three distinct creative periods in the work of French painter Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958). The first, devoted to Fauvism, lasted from 1901 to 1907; then came the "Cézanne" period, until 1915, and the last, a darker more realist phase occupied Vlaminck until his death. The self-taught artist had a very atypical career marked by his desire for expressiveness, which took shape through his celebration of color. Vlaminck met André Derain when he was on army leave in 1900, and the two men decided to share a studio on the Ile de Chatou, situated west of Paris. Art dealer Ambroise Vollard bought a large part of Vlaminck's work in 1906, enabling him to devote himself entirely to painting. But when the Fauve movement began to lose momentum and reveal its limitations he sought an alternative, finding it in Cézanne’s work, which enabled him to synthesize forms without moving towards Cubist abstraction. "The play on pure color and the extravagant orchestration into which I threw myself, body and soul, no longer sufficed. I suffered from not being able to strike harder, and to have reached maximum intensity, limited as I was by the blues and reds of commercial colors." While his stylistic changes did not stop there, landscapes remained his favorite subject, particularly those of the Seine and the Paris region. Having moved there due in part to a lack of money, he spent the rest of his life there in the end. He moved to Chatou in 1893, to Rueil-Malmaison in 1905, and finally in 1925 to Rueil-la-Gadelière, where he was buried.

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