Kees van Dongen, ‘La pianiste’, ca. 1903, HELENE BAILLY GALLERY

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Wildenstein Institute.

Signature: Signed lower left : van Dongen

This work will be included in the Catalogue Critique de l'œuvre de Kees Van Dongen being prepared by Mr Jacques Chalom des Cordes in collaboration with the Wildenstein Institute.

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