Vlaminck, Maurice de. (1876–1958) [Duhamel, Georges. (1884–1966)]

"Le voiturier" – Signed Lithograph from "Les hommes abandonnés"

Lithograph by the French painter, who has signed to the lower right-hand corner in pencil.  One of a series of 24 lithographs created for an illustrated edition of Duhamel's short story collection Les hommes abandonnés published by Marcel Seheur in 1927, the work depicting a dismal and lonely scene, a man walking in solitude down an empty, shadowed street.  Matted and framed with a placard reading "MAURICE DE VLAMINCK / 1876–1958 / Duhamel's "Les Hommes Abandoneés" / Frapier Collection."  Unexamined out of frame but in apparently fine condition.  Sheet measuring 9 x 11.5 inches (22.9 x 29.2 cm.), framed to 15.5 x 18 inches (39.4 x 45.7 cm.).

Georges Duhamel was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature no fewer than twenty-seven times.  During his life, he was elected to the Académie Nationale de Médecine and the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, and served as president of the Alliance française after World War II.  He is the father of musicologist and composer Antoine Duhamel.

"Maurice de Vlaminck was a French painter best known for his vividly hued landscapes. His The River Seine at Chatou (1906), typifies his early painting style, in which he utilized primary colors and short square brushstrokes to produce a sense of optic vibration.  As with the other Fauves, Henri Matisse and André Derain, Vlaminck was influenced by the expressive works of Vincent van Gogh.  'I heightened all the tones, I transposed in an orchestration of pure colors all the feelings I could grasp,' he once stated.  'I was a tender barbarian filled with violence.'  Born on April 4, 1876 in Paris, France, he pursued other careers to support himself before deciding to become a painter.  Though he was mostly self-taught he did take private lessons from a few academic painters between 1888 and 1893.  Reputed by many peers as a brash character, he often spoke of how a career in painting saved him from a life of destitution and crime.  During World War II, Vlaminck was labeled as a Nazi sympathizer and was largely ostracized after the war.  The artist died on October 11, 1958 in Rueil-la-Gadelière, France at the age of 82.  Today, Vlaminck’s works are held in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others." (Artnet, "Maurice de Vlaminck," http://www.artnet.com) (19251)

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