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Maurice de Vlaminck
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Artist
    (April 4, 1876-October 11, 1958)
    Born in Paris, France
    Painter and ceramicist
    Member of the Fauve ('Wild Beasts') art movement
    Paintings include 'At the Bar' (1900), 'Man Smoking a Pipe' (1900), 'The Potato Pickers' (1905), 'On the Banks of the Seine' (1906) and 'The Circus' (1906)
    Before his paintings became popular, he supported himself by giving violin lessons and by writing soft-core porn novels.
    He wore a wooden tie that he would paint different colors depending on his mood.
    During World War II, he traveled and lectured in Germany as a guest of the Third Reich; after the liberation of France, he was arrested and interrogated as a suspected collaborator.
    He became an increasingly cranky critic of modern art, prone to comments like 'Abstract art gives me a toothache.'
    Critic Robert Hughes said that after his Fauvist period, he 'plummeted into coarse self-parody.'
    He was known for his bold use of color.
    Largely self-taught, he said 'I try to paint with my heart and my loins, not bothering about style.'
    Ironically, his paintings had been included in the Nazis' 'degenerate art' exhibition.

Credit: C. Fishel


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