Maurice de Vlaminck was one of the leading artists of the French Fauvist movement, alongside André Derain and Henri Matisse. De Vlaminck participated in the controversial Salon d’Automne exhibition held in Paris in 1905, where the Fauvists were officially branded by the press. As an autodidact, he painted mostly landscapes and portraits in the Fauvist's characteristic bright and vivid colours, later also pursuing printmaking and engraving. In 1907 he became inspired by the art of Cézanne. His later work lacks the earlier force and was more realistic. De Vlaminck also wrote poetry and taught violin. He died in Rueil-la-Gadelière on 11 October 1958.