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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Kees Van Dongen in Paris

 Femme au Bouquet 1930
From Van Dongen Apres le fauvisme 1976

Oh those eyes!

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC presents

Image from cataloge VanDongen, Foundation Pierre Gianadda 2002

This exhibition Van Dongen Fauve, Anarchist and Socialite
25 March – 17 July 2011
 The title says it all.
The exhibition comprises some 90 paintings and drawings, together with ceramics, dating from 1895 to the early 1930s. Designed by the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum and organised in association with the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, it includes loans from major French and international institutions, and from  private collections.

 Femme au fond blanc 1912

Van Dongen earned a good living as a portraitist. I enjoy his
playful cynicism he is said to have remarked of his popularity as a portraitist with high society women; ' The essential thing is to elongate the women and especially to make them slim. After that it just remains to enlarge their jewels. They are ravished.' this remark in conjunction with another of his sayings - ' Painting is the most beautiful of lies.'

I always find his paintings and graphics surprising and fresh.

 lithograph Femme A Eventail
From Van Dongen Apres le fauvisme 1976

this one
From My own collection 1931

The eyes have it

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