Painting: Fleeting Fauve

For the final 40, most famous years of his life, Maurice de Vlaminck was renowned as "the poet of stormy skies."

At his farmhouse in the north of France, the artist slathered paint on hundreds of moody, windswept landscapes and chunky, darkly lit still lifes. These form the basis of his popular reputation in museums around the world. Little in the dour, somber tones of these pictures indicates that Vlaminck first made his mark as a member of the Fauves, the "wild beasts" whose savagely colored canvases so shocked Paris at the Salon...

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