Saturday, 21 April 2012

The big eyes by Kees van Dongen (1877-1968)

Fauvism is the style of les Fauves (French for "the wild beasts"), a short-lived and loose group of early twentieth-century Modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong colour over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism. While Fauvism as a style began around 1900 and continued beyond 1910, the movement as such lasted only a few years, 1904–1908, and had three exhibitions. One of the Fauves was Kees van Dongen and he is of my favorite painters. I posted his paintings twice. I posted these paintings on Dec 15, 2011 in this post

Kees van Dongen, Maria, 1907–1910 (detail)

Kees van Dongen is a Dutch-born artist, who became world famous in Paris for his colourful portraits of women. Women with huge eyes, acrobats, nudes, women dressed in couture by the designer Paul Poiret and women Van Dongen painted during his trips to far-flung places.

Van Dongen shared a studio with Pablo Picasso in Paris and immortalized his mistress as well as his own lovers and other close female friends. Sometimes Van Dongen painted men too, among them his father, the boxer Jack Johnson and several jazz artistes.

I saw several paintings by Kees van Dongen eg: Lady in a Black Hat (posted) and Lucie and her Dance-Partner. They are really beautiful!

Kees Van Dongen, A Finger on her Cheek, 1910

Kees van Dongen, Lady in a Black Hat, 1908

Kees van Dongen, Gypsy

Kees van Dongen, Woman in blue with red collar, 1907-1911

Kees van Dongen, Maria, 1907–1910

Kees van Dongen, Woman in a Kimono, 1908 (Detail)

Kees van Dongen, In Front of the Mirror, 1908

Kees van Dongen, The Blue Hat, c. 1910-12

Kees van Dongen, Gisele, 1908

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