Kees van Dongen, ‘Polo In Alexandria (J. Jl 18)’, circa 1948, Doyle

signed and numbered 6/100 in pencil, with full margins.

14.75 x 21.5 inches; 375 x 546 mm.
Sheet: 19.875 x 25.875 inches; 505 x 657 mm.

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