Maurice Vlaminck (1876-1958)
"Maurice Vlaminck and Andre Derain were good friends and neighbors in France; they made a spectacular pair. Both were huge and both wore conspicuous clothes. One of Vlaminck's favorite items of costume was a painted wooden necktie. They lived and worked in a seaside suburb called Chatou and invited Matisse to visit them there. Thus began one of the most fruitful associations in modern French art: Fauvism.
Despite their friendship there were wide differences in their personalities as well as many similarities. Vlaminck claimed to despise intellectual pursuits; Derain read enormous numbers of books. Vlaminck called Derain "a hot-house plant"; Derain's father forbade his son to bring Vlaminck to their house.
Vlaminck was about twenty-five at the time; he was already married and had two children. He took life a great deal more lightly than the others; he had no money. He was a red-headed colossus, well known as a boxer and a wrestler. He supported himself and his family partly as a violinist, sometimes posing as a gypsy, and by writing pulp novels that skirted the boundaries of pornography. He was a blatant self-promoter who painted in furious bursts, often spreading the oil paint on directly from the tubes. By the age of thirty, he had attained heights he never regained in a long lifetime of painting.
After a brief skirmish with Cubism, Vlaminck began striking out against the current trend. He retired to Normandy and started painting the dozens of landscapes, golden wheat fields and chilly, wind-swept winter scenes that earned him the title "poet of stormy skies"."
Source: Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.
When assessing an artist's work, appraisers must look at completed sales of works by the same artist. Art gallery sales prices are private.
We must then go to auction sales prices which are public. When using comparable work by the same artist, medium, subject matter and size are factors to be considered.
Appraisers most often use price per square inch of previously sold comparable works by the same artist as a measure of value.
Using this widely accepted method of assessment, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $24,000-26,000 for your painting by Maurice de Vlaminck.
Retail art gallery prices can be as much as 4 to 5 times auction value. Much depends on the location of the sale.
There are sales of his work later this month at Christie's and Sotheby's auction houses. You may want to check out the results of those. Just keep in mind that his oils sell for much more than his watercolors.
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In general, a private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.
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