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Kees van Dongen
MAISONS À AMSTERDAM
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346
Kees van Dongen
MAISONS À AMSTERDAM
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 905,000 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
JUMP TO LOT

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Kees van Dongen
1877 - 1968
MAISONS À AMSTERDAM
Signed Van Dongen (lower center)
Oil on canvas
25 5/8 by 21 1/4 in.
65.2 by 54.1 cm
Painted in 1907.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by Jacques Chalom des Cordes under the sponsorship of the Wildenstein Institute.

Provenance

Pieter Van der Velde, Le Havre
Galerie Schmit, Paris
Private Collection, Paris

Exhibited

Moscow, Zolotoe Runo (Golden Fleece), 1908, no. 52
St. Tropez, Musée de l’Annonciade & Toulouse, Réfectoire des Jacobins, Kees Van Dongen, 1985, no. 20
Paris, Galerie Schmit, De Corot à Picasso, 1985, no. 23
Paris, Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, Van Dongen, Le peintre (1877-1968), 1990, no. 123
Monte Carlo, Nouveau musée national de Monaco, Kees Van Dongen, 2008, no. 91, illustrated in color in the catalogue p. 142

Literature

Jean-Jacques Lévêque, Les Années de la Belle Époque, Paris, 1991, illustrated p. 467
Claude Jeancolas, L’Art Fauve, Paris, 2006, illustrated p. 29
All Eyes on Kees Van Dongen (exhibition catalogue), Musée Bojimans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2010, illustrated p. 73.
Van Dongen – Fauve, anarchiste et mondain (exhibition catalogue), Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, 2011, illustrated p. 88

Catalogue Note

In 1907, van Dongen returned to his native Holland from Paris with Paul Signac to research pictures by van Gogh with the intention of organizing an exhibition at Galerie Bernheim-Jeune. This exuberant view of an Amsterdam street with terraced, multicolored townhouses was most likely painted during this trip. The vigorous execution, generous impasto and intensely bright palette bear all the hallmarks of the artist's Fauvist style, while the composition represents a rare foray into urban landscape for a painter better known for his portraits.

As Jean-Jacques Lévêque writes, "With vibrant, light brushstrokes, which are playful as well as profound, the painter depicts a street and the lives hiding behind the facades, as well as the facades themselves, which are not merely the background to a stage set, but rather the gateway to an entire chronicle that remains to be invented" (Jean-Jacques Lévêque, op. cit., p. 466, translated from the French).

The offered work was exhibited in the groundbreaking exhibition Zolotoe Runo (Golden Fleece)in Moscow the year after is was painted. There remains an image of this work hanging in the exhibition alongside masterpieces of the early Russian avant-garde.

 

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