Maurice de Vlaminck was a French painter best known for his vividly hued landscapes. As with the other Fauves, Henri Matisse and André Derain, Vlaminck was influenced by the expressive works of Vincent van Gogh. Born on April 4, 1876 in Paris, France, he pursued other careers to support himself before deciding to become a painter. Though he was mostly self-taught he did take private lessons from a few academic painters between 1888 and 1893. Reputed by many peers as a brash character, he often spoke of how a career in painting saved him from a life of destitution and crime. The artist died on October 11, 1958 in Rueil-la-Gadelière, France at the age of 82. Today, Vlaminck’s works are held in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.
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