Kees van Dongen, ‘Portrait de Flore Maleau Lesieur’, 1920, SmithDavidson Gallery

Signature: Signed ‘van Dongen’ upper left

Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida

Madame Fleur Maleau Lesieur, Paris
Bass Museum of Art (1991)
Important Dutch collection

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