The Seine at Chatou

Artist: Maurice de Vlaminck (French, Paris 1876–1958 Reuil-La-Gadelière)

Date: 1906

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 32 1/8 × 39 3/4 in. (81.6 × 101 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998

Accession Number: 1999.363.84

Rights and Reproduction: © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


In Vlaminck's time, Chatou, now a suburb of Paris, was a small village situated to the west, along the Seine. Opposite lies the Île de Chatou, a long, narrow stretch of land in the center of the river. The scene shown here appears to have been observed from a point on the island facing the village with its red-roofed houses. Vlaminck and his friend Derain had shared a studio on the Île de Chatou since 1901, forming what has been called the "School of Chatou." Their painting style-characterized by bright colors and bold brushstrokes-became the harbinger of Fauvism. In this work, Vlaminck used the primary colors of blue and red with white, applying them directly from the tube in daubs and swirls of pigment.