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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Kees van Dongen
POLO À ALEXANDRIA
Estimate
200,000300,000
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225

PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Kees van Dongen
POLO À ALEXANDRIA
Estimate
200,000300,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Kees van Dongen
1877 - 1968
POLO À ALEXANDRIA
Signed van Dongen (lower right); titled (on the stretcher)
Oil on canvas
14 3/4 by 21 1/2 in.
37.7 by 54.8 cm
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This work will be included in the forthcoming van Dongen Digital Catalogue Raisonné, currently being prepared under the sponsorship of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.

Provenance

Collection of the artist, Monte Carlo (by 1962)
Sale: Drouot Richelieu, Paris, June 4, 1999, lot 83
Private Collection, Amsterdam (acquired at the above sale and sold: Sotheby's, New York, November 8, 2006, lot 472)
Acquired at the above sale

Catalogue Note

Van Dongen established himself as a mainstay of the aristocratic beau-monde, with 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 fully immersed himself in the favorite pastimes of the upper class. As one journalist quipped, “In van Dongen's work we find everything that lives, sparkles and is luxurious" (quoted in All Eyes on van Dongen (exhibition catalogue), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2010-11, p. 155). Van Dongen's affinity for brilliant color and swift movement were ideally suited to polo and the races. Taking on a sporting subject favored by nineteenth-century painters, van Dongen presents his Fauve palette at its richest in the present work, combining burnished yellows, pale greens and pinks.

The present work appears in the 1962 film Kees Van Dongen et la France, an interview with the artist that includes close ups of many of his paintings (see https://www.ina.fr/video/I18030945/kees-van-dongen-et-la-france-video.html). 

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