Environs de Rouen
The view shows the tug and barge traffic on the River Seine near Rouen. Vlaminck was a self-taught artist, having first been a novelist, musician and racing cyclist. He took up painting in about 1900-1901 inspired by a meeting with the artist André Derain and an exhibition of van Gogh’s work. This subdued river scene is typical of the work Vlaminck produced after 1907. His work in the period 1910-14 is partly influenced by the work of the Cubists and the paintings of Cézanne. The picture was painted in 1910 when the artist lived at Versinet, about 12 miles from Paris down the Seine. He made frequent trips along the river, making paintings such as this on.