Kees van Dongen, ‘Composition à la fleur rouge’, ca. 1910, HELENE BAILLY GALLERY

Signature: Signed lower right : van Dongen

This work will be included in the Catalogue Raisonné de l'œuvre de Kees Van Dongen being prepared by Mr Jacques Chalom des Cordes in collaboration with the Wildenstein Institute.
Copy of the notification of inclusion, May 15th, 2006.

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