Maurice de Vlaminck 1876-1958
T01254 Landscape near Martigues
Inscribed 'Vlaminck' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 32 1/4 (65 x 82)
Bequeathed by Sir Robert Hart, Bt., 1970
Prov: With Ambroise Vollard, Paris (Vollard no.4301); ... with Galerie Paul Vallotton, Lausanne; with Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London, 1954; Sir Robert Hart, Bt., London, 1954
Exh: French Paintings, Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London, November-December 1954 (3) as 'Paysage Provençal'
Lit: Vlaminck, Tournant Dangereux (Paris 1929), p.101; Marcel Sauvage, Vlaminck: sa Vie et son Message (Geneva 1956), p.114, repr. pl.110 in colour as 'Chateau au Bord de la Rivière' 1913; Georges Hilaire, Derain (Geneva 1959), p.181
Dr L. Coutencin, the Director of the Museum at Martigues, has identified the view as a scene on the outskirts of Mart igues, close to the road which runs from Martigues to Port-de-Bouc. The building is a Capuchin monastery constructed in 1604. The area has now been built over but he remembers it well from the early years of the century. This painting is evidently a quick sketch, made probably on the spot and completed in a single sitting.
According to Georges Hilaire, Derain spent the summer of 1913 at Martigues, near Marseilles, and Vlaminck and his family joined him there for one week. Vlaminck, who was not a keen traveller, wrote of this in Tournant Dangereux: 'Derain, who was on a trip in the Midi, extolled to me in his letters the light and charm of Provence and urged me to come and join him'. There are various landscapes by Derain painted in or around Martigues at this time, but none has been traced of this particular motif.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.754, reproduced p.754