Description & Technical information

This work is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the Wildenstein Institute confirming its inclusion in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné.

Born in Paris to a French mother, Vlaminck’s father was a Flemish violin teacher who encouraged his teenage son to study with the painter Henri Rigalon. A chance meeting on a train with André Derain at the age of twenty-three began a lifelong friendship and turned his attentions to painting as a career. Considered one of the principal figures of the French Fauvist movement (c1904-8), he exhibited at the controversial Salon d’Automne in 1905 at which the critic Louis Vauxcelles famously described the young painter and his friends as ‘fauves’ (wild beasts).

In Vlaminck’s landscape paintings, his approach is to let nature express its mood through violent colours and vigorous brushwork. This work is a wonderful example representing one of his many famous snow scenes, in a small village in France. From 1908, his palette becomes darker and almost monochromatic, punctuated by heavy strokes of contrasting white paint.

Period:  20th century
Origin:  SPG, 9B
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signer lower left, Vlaminck

Dimensions: 54 x 65 cm (21¹/₄ x 25⁵/₈ inches)
Provenance: Galerie Nichido, Tokyo
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints