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Artist Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876–1958)
Title Still Life (Nature morte)
Date 1905
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions Overall: 21 7/8 x 25 5/8 in. (55.6 x 65.1 cm)
Framed: 27 15/16 × 40 1/16 × 3 1/2 in. (71 × 101.8 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line Jane and Roger Wolcott Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 77.2

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About this Work

Although best known as a landscape painter, Vlaminck was occupied with still life painting during 1905 and 1906. A prominent member of the Fauve circle of artists around Henri Matisse, Vlaminck cultivated a style characterized by high-keyed primary colors and simplified form. Here, the contrasting reds and greens enliven an ordinary subject. The short brushstrokes and mosaic-like patchwork of pure color in this composition also reflect the impact of post-impressionism on Vlaminck, who was particularly moved by the paintings of Vincent van Gogh.

1977, Indiana University Art Museum purchase from Acquavella Galleries, New York, NY with funds from Thomas T. Solley

1977, with Acquavella Galleries, New York, NY

?–1977, Private Collection, New York, NY [1]

1906–?, presumably in the Collection of Ambroise Vollard (1866–1939), Paris, France [2]

1905–1906, in possession of the artist


[1] Per invoice from Acquavella Galleries, dated January 31, 1977 (in museum registration files).

[2] Between 31 May and 10 September 1906, Vollard paid Vlaminck a total of 2,210 francs for sixty-eight paintings bought over that period from the artist’s studio. Although Vollard recorded the purchase of Vlaminck’s studio in his ledgers, he did not itemize individual works. However, since Vlaminck had virtually no purchasers for his work at this time, however, one can assume that the majority of his early Fauve pictures passed through Vollard’s hands (Rebecca Rabinow, ed., Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006), 281; 404).

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

November 12–December 31, 1980, "20th Century Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings from the Collection of Indiana University Art Museum," The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

April 23–June 5, 1977, "The Chosen Object: European and American Still Life," Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE (fig. 42)

March 26–October 31, 1976, "The Wild Beasts: Fauvism and its Affinities," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, March 26–June 1, 1976; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA, June 29–August 15, 1976; The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, September 11–October 31, 1976 (cat. p. 146)

March 15–March 26, 1910, "Peintures et faïences décoratives de Vlaminck," Galerie Ambroise Vollard, Paris, France (possibly exhibited as one of three paintings titled "Nature morte," cat. nos. 7, 8, and 35; or as one of three titled "Fleurs," cat. nos. 15, 18, and 29) (See Rabinow, p. 321)

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