Vase de Fleurs. 1923. Oil on canvas. Lower left signed. 55.8 x 46.7 cm (21.9 x 18.3 in).
One of the artist's famous flower still lifes in front of dark background. With a photo expertise from the Wildenstein Institute, Paris from 21st October 2016. The work will be included into the forthcoming "catalogue critique de l'oeuvre de Maurice de Vlaminck".
PROVENANCE: Galerie Simon, Paris (verso with the gallery label). Galerie Alex Vömel, Dusseldorf (with gallery label on stretcher). Collection Paul and Herta Rohs, Radevormwald. Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (inherited).
Originally a member of the Fauves, Maurice de Vlaminck later developed an own style characterized by a renunciation of the wild colors typical of his earlier works. The later landscapes of empty village roads, just as the large number of flower still lifes, have a completely different message. The restrained palette is dominated by earthen tones with colorful accents here and there, a combination that increases the overall mystic atmosphere that Vlaminck attained in this flower still life, making it a calm vanitas. [KD]