Kees van Dongen
- Kees van Dongen
- Signed Van Dongen (lower left); titled on the stretcher
- Oil on canvas
- 25 1/2 by 18 1/8 in.
- 65.3 by 46 cm
Waddington Galleries, London
Mary & George Bloch
Waddington Galleries, London (acquired from the above)
Acquired from the above in March 2000
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Modern Art from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, 1987, no. 11, illustrated in color in the catalogue
Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, The Cities Collect, 2000-01, no. 216
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Van Dongen painted Fatma at the height of his career, following a string of highly-successful exhibitions at the Kahnweiler, Thannhauser and Bernheim-Jeune galleries in Paris between 1908 and 1910. Before that, he had established his reputation while exhibiting with the Fauves in 1905 and 1907, and the wildly expressive style that he codified with those artists essentially took hold in his painting for the rest of his career. For example, the red ornament on the bodice of the figure in this picture exemplifies the stylistic objectives of the movement. "Fauvism," Matisse once joked, "is when there's red in it" (quoted in J. Klein, "Van Dongen, Postmodern Fauve," in Van Dongen, 2008-09, op. cit., p. 221).