The Wheat Field (Champs de Ble)

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Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876–1958)
The Wheat Field (Champs de Ble), ca. 1906
Oil on canvas
25 1/2 × 32 3/16 in. (64.77 × 81.76 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1953.12
Photo credit: Efraim Lev-er
©2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Currently on View

One of a group of artists called the Fauves, or “wild beasts,” Vlaminck was greatly influenced by the work of Vincent van Gogh and admired his use of thick paint applied in swirling, expressive strokes. Like Van Gogh, Vlaminck was drawn to the image of wheat fields and painted them throughout his career. In this scene, the artist used bright, clashing color applied with spontaneous brushstrokes to caption the movement of the wind-blown stalks.

Publication History
Debray, Cécile, and Heinz Widauer. Matisse and the Fauves. Köln: Wienand, 2013, color illus. pl. 45. Kelly, Chelsea Emelie. People's Choice: Your Top 25 Works of Art in the Collection. Entry posted April 5, 2013. http://blog.mam.org/2013/04/05/peoples-choice-your-top-25-works-of-art-in-the-collection/ (accessed October 28, 2014). Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 117, color illus. Abe, Nobuo, ed. dir. 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum. Translated and edited by Brain Trust Inc. Japan: 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum Catalogue Committee, 1994, p. 28, 138, cat. 30, color illus. p. 29. Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 121, color illus. p. 121. Bradley Family Foundation, Inc. Personal Selections from the Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley. New Orleans: Bradley Family Foundation, Inc., 1975, color illus. p. 41. Danoff, I. Michael. Maurice Vlaminck. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Center, 1975, b/w cover, b/w detail back. Milwaukee Art Center. The Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Center, 1968, cat. 76, illus. p. 81. Milwaukee Art Institute. Early 20th Century European Paintings. Milwaukee: Milwaukee Art Institute, 1957, illus. p. 3. Milwaukee Journal, February 15, 1954, color illus. Milwaukee Journal, February 14, 1954.
Exhibition History
Henri Matisse and the Fauves, Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria, September 19, 2013–January 12, 2014. 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, July 2 – August 9,1994; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, August 11–September 4, 1994; Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa, September 10–October 16, 1994; Daimaru Museum, Umeda-Osaka, October 19–November 7, 1994; Chiba Sogo Museum of Art, Chiba, November 26–December 29, 1994; Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame, January 14–February 26, 1995. Selections from the Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, Northwood Institute, Dallas, March 21–April 30, 1971. The Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, Milwaukee Art Center, October 25, 1968–February 23, 1969. Bradley Collection, Milwaukee Art Institute, February 1–March 4,1962. French Paintings of the XXth Century, Fort Wayne (Indiana) Art Museum, March 15–April 15, 1957. Early 20th Century European Paintings, Milwaukee Art Institute, Summer 1957.


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