It’s Maurice De Vlaminck’s Birthday – Raw Power

Maurice de Vlaminck (b. 1876-1958 Paris, France). was one of the original founders of a group of artists called the Fauvists. The small group of artists, whose members included Henry Matisse and Andre Derain used pure of vibrant colour, this caused them to be named ‘Fauves’ (wild beasts) by art critic Louis Vauxcelles after seeing their paintings in a controversial exhibition ‘Salon d’ Automne’ in 1905.

Expressive brushwork and use of brilliant colour are earmarks of Vlaminck’s work. He was greatly impressed by Vincent Van Gogh’s work and later Paul Cezanne. An interesting artist and individual which I have wrote more posts about.

Tugboats on the Seine, Chatou 1905

‘What I could have done in real life only by throwing a bomb which would have led to the scaffold, I tried to achieve in painting by using colour of maximum purity. In this way I satisfied my urge to destroy old conventions, to disobey in order to recreate a tangible, living and liberated world.’

Check out my other more in depth post about Vlanminck Here and more Here

‘Tugboats on the Seine, Chatou 1906 Here

Vlaminck quotes Here

Dinner Time!

It’s time

The time never seems the time lately. I seem to have had more time to blog before I retired. I really can’t work it out at all. I really must handle time more efficiently and set time aside to blog again. I think I’ve made yet another start on my other blog (Bookstains) with a Haiku which is the first in a series ‘End of Days’ which are political news observations of the day. It would be so easy to rant about this. I am incensed nearly every day about the way our country is going down hill. I consider that by condensing my thoughts down to haiku format, I may have found an outlet that appeases me without boring others. Or maybe not🤔

Please take a look

Lords a leaping (Bookstains)


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Just a quick reflection: I have not wrote anything for Echostains since May. I keep meaning to get around to it, but something either crops up or gets in the way and I think er tomorrow….only tomorrow never comes.

I need to give this site a complete overhaul, it’s long overdue. I also need to decide if I want to continue writing long pieces (which take me hours to research) or short bursts like I used to do in the early days. I tend to just post little collections on Instagrams. I’m aware I can do this in the wordpress ‘stories’ but I have had so much trouble with the formatting of the images. There doesn’t seem to be any way of controlling the size of them. Maybe it is just a teething problem. It seems a shame, because I think I could use that to post more regularly.

Anyway, on with the motley, as they say .. its back to the drawing board for me.

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Chairs with Satitude

More reasons to be chairful, especially on this rainy miserable day. AKA as any excuse to indulge my curiosity for weird and playful chairs.

Man Chair

‘Some people say that knowledge is sat in your lap’ (Kate Bush). Lap that wisdom up by trying out this bronze and mixed media ‘Man chair’ by Ruth Franken (1924-2006) This generous cool chair is man-size with attitude.

The Living Chair

This pretty in pink chair with the slimline legs has a touch of the Sharon Stone about it, I think. Unsure what it’s going to do next. Dainty as it is, it’s surprisingly sturdy. Designed by Vladimir Tzesler and Sergei Voichenko, a pink splash of glamour.

Oil Drum Chair

Let’s drum a bit of interest here with this innovative oil drum chair. Traditionally, oil drums also double up a percussion instruments. Not exactly heavy metal, but this Eco friendly chair is probably pretty ‘cool’ on the derrière.

Vasa Intestina chair

Artist Lisa Jones created these capillary chairs. Not sure how practical they are, or comfortable but they’re quite beautiful to look at. Made of wood, they are part of her ‘Symbiosis’ collection. ‘Vasa Intestina’ uses a fine tracery of wood with steel to depict the inner workings of the intestines.

That’s it for this collection for now. Hope you found it chairful, chairs!

Soup chair

Man chair

Happy Birthday Maurice de Vlaminck!!

French artist Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) was one of the main figures of the Fauve movement. The Fauvists included Andre Derain and Henri Matisse amongst their members. The Fauvists (‘wild beasts’) were known for their use of intense colour which at the time, was quite innovative (1904 – 1908).

Vlaminck was a very interesting artist and personality and led a vibrant life, as one of my earlier posts about this artist and the Fauves shows Here

Image and more info Here