It was on the Butte of Montmartre that Van Dongen saw the performance of the transvestite Romanian singer Modjesko, famous at the time, of whom he painted moreover a superb portrait in 1908, kept today in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
With its gouache highlights, this work employs the explosive colors of Fauvism, a movement with which Van Dongen was directly associated since the famous exhibition at the Salon d’Automne in 1905. But it also testifies to the painter’s implication in the German Expressionist movement Die Brüke which he was invited to join in 1908. This surprising work reveals not only the shady night life of Paris, of which Van Dongen was a fervent observer, but illustrates as well the new stylistic and formalistic experiments of this great period of the Parisian avant-garde.
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