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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN COLLECTION

Kees van Dongen
VOILIERS À CANNES
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 593,000 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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179

PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN COLLECTION

Kees van Dongen
VOILIERS À CANNES
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 593,000 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
JUMP TO LOT

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Kees van Dongen
1877 - 1968
VOILIERS À CANNES
Signed van Dongen. (lower right); signed v Dongen, inscribed Cannes 5 rue Juliette Lamber Paris XVII and indistinctly numbered (on the reverse)
Oil on canvas
19 7/8 by 25 3/4 in.
50.5 by 65.3 cm
Painted circa 1925.
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To be included in the forthcoming Van Dongen Catalogue raisonné being prepared by Jacques Chalom des Cordes under the sponsorship of the Wildenstein Institute.

Provenance

Margaret Thompson Biddle, Paris (and sold by the estate: Galerie Charpentier, Paris, June 14, 1957, lot 12)
Private Collection, Europe (acquired at the above sale)
Private Collection (by descent from the above and sold: Sotheby's, London, February 4, 2009, lot 113)
Richard Green Fine Paintings, London (acquired from the above sale)
Acquired from the above in 2011

Exhibited

(Possibly) Paris, Rue Juliette-Lamber
Chaleroi, Palais des Beaux Arts, Van Dongen, 1964

Catalogue Note

Kees van Dongen came from humble origins, born in 1877 in a small suburb of Rotterdam. Shortly after arriving in Paris in 1900 however, he quickly achieved immense popularity for his Fauve figure paintings and received commisions from many members of Parisian high society. Van Dongen soon developed a reputation for enjoying night life, cabarets, and the leisure activities of the wealthy; he visited Italy, Spain, Morocco and the South of France where he immersed himself in the favorite pastimes of the upper class.

In the 1920s he began to turn away from his Fauve color palette of the early 1900s, partly because he was inspired by the colors that he encountered on his travels to the Mediterranean and also in response the tastes of his new clientele. His later works thus contain a more harmonious color palette as he sought to create more sophisticated and universally appealing pictures. 

Van Dongen's newfound wealth enabled him to buy an elaborate villa in the city of Cannes. This location afforded him greater accessibility to his clients and high society, and in the 1920s and again in the mid-1950s van Dongen rendered picturesque scenes of the Cannes shoreline.

Voiliers à Cannes captures the luminosity and carefree spirit of Cannes.  The resort activities of sailing and strolling on the beach illustrate the city to be one of respite. Van Dongen centers our attention upon the white sailboats which are juxtaposed in the deep blue water. The water is rendered with long, smooth brushstrokes, imparting a feeling of tranquility to the scene.

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