Maurice de Vlaminck was at the center of an avantgarde movement known as Fauvism. Fauve, meaning “wild beast,” characterized a group of painters closely linked to Henri Matisse, and who flourished in France in the early years of the twentieth century. Fauve painters rejected the Impressionist technique and modulated color in favor of bold brushstrokes and a highly keyed palette. In the first decade of the last century, Vlaminck shared a studio with fellow Fauve André Derain in Chatou, a suburb northwest of Paris. Sunlight on Water is one of his many canvases to explore light and atmosphere, and its collateral colors, in local settings.
Signature: Signed (lower left): Vlaminck
Ambroise Vollard, Paris; Ed. Troester, Switzerland; Galerie Beyeler, Basel; acquired from the Lock Galleries, New York (as Reflets au Soleil, 1905-6), by Robert Lehman, New York, January 1961.
Artist: Maurice de Vlaminck (French, Paris 1876–1958 Reuil-La-Gadelière)Date: ca. 1920Medium: Reed pen or wooden stick and black ink and graphite, with black ink border, on off-white wove paper mounted on heavy wove paper, framed with a gilt lineAccession: 1975.1.760On view in:Not on view
Artist: Maurice de Vlaminck (French, Paris 1876–1958 Reuil-La-Gadelière)Date: ca. 1925Medium: Reed pen or wooden stick and black ink and graphite on cream wove laid paperAccession: 1975.1.761On view in:Not on view