Restaurant “La Machine
Maurice de Vlaminck
Restaurant “La Machine" at Bougival
Maurice de Vlaminck (French; Modernism, Fauvism; 1876-1958): Restaurant “La Machine" at Bougival (Restaurant de la Machine à Bougival), 1905-1906. Oil on canvas, 60 x 81.5 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Though Henri Matisse and André Derain were predominant among the group of artists working in the style of "les Fauves" ("the wild beasts"), Vlaminck was a principal figure in the Fauvism Movement (1904-1908).

'The colour and brushstrokes also contribute to a very individual kind of construction which has something of the work of Vincent van Gogh. He has used dynamic brushstrokes which structure the forms and the thick paint favoured by the Dutch master. The strokes change according to the effect he was trying for – rounded in the coloured areas in the foreground, longer in the tree and ductile in the buildings.

It was also after his observation of Van Gogh's work that Vlaminck's palette lightened until it became a burst of pure colours straight from the tube. Exhibited in 1905 at the third Salon d'Automne, The Restaurant "The Machine" at Bougivalstood alongside the works of artists who were soon to be dubbed "Fauves" by the critic Louis Vauxelles.’ (© Musée d'Orsay)