This lithograph in colours is hand signed by the artist in blue ballpoint pen "Van Dongen" at the lower right margin.
It is also numbered in pencil, from the edition of 150 at the lower left margin.
The lithograph is also signed in the plate "Van Dongen" at the upper left corner of the image.
This lithograph is based on the 1958 oil painting and was printed by Mourlot Éditeur, Paris in 1964 in a limited edition of 150 signed and numbered impressions.
The paper bears the Arches watermark.
Note: This subject was also used for a poster to accompany the exhibition “Les Peintres témoins de leur temps” at Musée Galliera, Paris in 1955.
Literature: Juffermans, J. & Juffermans J., Jr. (2003). Kees Van Dongen - The Graphic Work - Catalogue of the Prints, Books and Posters. J, V+K publishing, Blaricum.
Reference: Juffermans JL.42.b
Condition: Very good condition. soft creasing at the sheet edges. Pinpoint foxing along the lower sheet edge. Pale staining to the sheet.
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