Born 1876, Paris. Died 1958, Rueil-le-Gadelière, France.
Maurice de Vlaminck was a racing cyclist and violinist before taking up painting. In 1900 he met Andre Derain who encouraged him to concentrate on painting. In 1905 and 1906 he exhibited work with Derain, Matisse and Rouault at the Salon d'Automne, which the critics described as 'Fauve'. In 1912 his work was included in the Blaue Reiter exhibition, Munich, and in the Second Post-Impressionist exhibition, London. He was one of the first artists to admire and collect African art.