Born in Paris to a Flemish father and a French mother, Vlaminck grew up in a musical and virtually impoverished household. At the age of sixteen, he left home and moved to Chatou, where he later supported his wife and two children by working as a professional cyclist and an itinerant violinist. During this period he was also actively painting and shared a studio with fellow artist Andre Derain. Vlaminck’s first exhibited works were in a group show at the Berthe Weil gallery, Paris (1904), followed by four canvases at the Salon des Independants and eight paintings in the seminal Salon d’Automne in 1905. After the Parisian art dealer Ambroise Vollard purchased Vlaminck’s stock of paintings early in 1906 the artist was able to devote himself fully to painting.
Museum collections include:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Hermitage, St. Petersburg; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Musee d’Orsay, Paris; Musee de Petit Palais, Paris; Musee Nationale d’Art Moderne, Paris; National Gallery, Berlin; National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Tate Collection, London