Fleurs (Flowers)

Maurice de Vlaminck

Possibly 1932

Maurice de Vlaminck was a leading member of the Fauves, a group whose proponents included Henri Matisse and Andre Derain. The Fauves, or “Wild Beasts” as they were dubbed, utilized brilliant colors and rich surface textures to define simplified compositions. Here Vlaminck displays a striking palette dominated by primary colors that resonate against a luminous turquoise background. The deliberately vigorous brushwork and use of the palette knife loosely define the still-life elements. Although Flowers was painted after Vlaminck’s Fauve period, it retains the directness and expressive impact of his Fauve works.