MAURICE DE VLAMINCK 1876-1958
Born in Paris in 1876, Vlaminck is a Fauvist and Cubist painter, and also a writer. Although he began painting in 1893, he first made a living playing violon and sometimes participating in cycle races. In 1900, he met Derain and shared a studio with him. In 1905, as many Fauvist went to the South of France for inspiration, Vlaminck chose to stay in Paris and participated in the Salon des Indépendants. The same year, he exhibited at the Salon d'Automne also called the "Fauve cage" alongside Matisse, Derain and Dufy. In 1908, he exhibited at the Ambroise Vollard Gallery that would marked the beginning of an international career. Attached to his singularity Vlaminck proposes a rich and passionate work where Van Gogh's and Cézanne's influences are readable. First collector of African art, Vlaminck played a major role in its preservation.