The National Museum of Art of Romania
Vlaminck - Landscape with Haystacks
Artwork description
Maurice de Vlaminck
(Paris, 1876 - Rueil la Gadelière, 1958)
French school
Oil on canvas
33,4 x 41,5 cm
Inv. nr. 83928/2526
Artwork location
European Art Gallery, 2nd floor, room 12

Landscape with Haystacks belongs to Vlaminck’s mature years. The artist’s Fauvism is rather unusual given his penchant for austere colours and a spontaneous, vivid, highly emotional brushwork.

Vlaminck often painted landscapes with haystacks resorting to a similar composition scheme. To the left, the low horizon line is interrupted by two massive stacks, drawn by long touches of the brush. The dark greish-blue sky seems to tumble down onto the earth, foretelling an iminent storm. A free brushwork lends the image an almost expressionist dramatic character. This singles out Vlaminck’s creation in relation to that of other Fauve painters like Derain and Matisse reserving him a special place in the history of painting during the first half of the 20th century.

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