Kees van Dongen
Property from an Historic British Collection
Kees van Dongen
1877 - 1968
signed van Dongen (lower right); signed van Dongen. and titled on the stretcher
oil on canvas
46.4 by 51.7cm., 18¼ by 20⅜in.
Framed: 68.7 by 74.3cm., 27 by 29¼in.
Painted circa 1904.
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.
The canvas is not lined and has been fitted to a new stretcher, which has been attached to the original. Inspection under UV light reveals some intermittent spots and fine lines of retouching to the extreme edges of the canvas, some further lines of retouching to areas of craquelure in the composition and a small spot of retouching corresponding to a loss at the centre of the lower left quadrant. There are some additional lines of craquelure and paint shrinkage in places and some light frame abrasion. This work is in overall good condition.
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