Signed in blue ballpoint pen, inscribed Epreuve d'artiste in pencil, with full margins.
18 x 15 inches; 457 x 381 mm.
Sheet: 25 x 18.625 inches; 635 x 473 mm.
Condition: "VAN DONGEN" text in red printed very faintly in the bottom margin (from ink residue on the printing press from printing the poster edition), minor printer's ink in the margins, a few unobtrusive small or tiny foxing spots in the margin bottom left, otherwise in good condition.
Dorothy Lewis 2013 Irrevocable Trust
About Kees van Dongen
With his emotionally complex paintings of the European upper class, Kees van Dongen helped expand and modernize the previously conventional genre of portraiture. Van Dongen was formatively influenced by his early involvement with Henri Matisse and the Fauves, and would retain a bold sense of color throughout his career. Van Dongen later joined the German artistic group Die Brucke, working with prominent Expressionist painters Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, and Max Pechstein, amongst others, and engaging with themes including Primitivism and existential philosophy.
French-Dutch, 1877-1968, Rotterdam, Netherlands, based in Paris, France