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Kees van Dongen, Saida, 1913, oil on canvas, 65 x 54 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Kees van Dongen, 1877-1968, was a Dutch-born French painter best known for his stylized and sensuous portraits of women. He was one of the leading Fauvists and in addition to portraits, van Dongen also painted richly colored seascapes and scenes from modern life in Paris. Van Dongen moved to Paris at age 20 and initially worked in an Impressionist manner. After he met artists Henri Matisse, André Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck his colors became more vivid and concentrated. Van Dongen participated in the famous Salon d’Automne of 1905 at which the Fauve “Wild Beast” group was given its name due to the artists’ aggressive, emotive brushwork and pure, unblended colors. He also exhibited with the German Expressionist group Die Brücke. From 1906, van Dongen mainly painted portraits of women, in which he preferably portrayed his models sensually, in daring and bright colors, with a loose, gestural handling of paint. His portrait style was immensely fashionable. His models varied from dancers, singers, and prostitutes to society ladies and celebrities such as Josephine Baker and Brigitte Bardot. This painting is one of the portraits van Dongen made shortly after his trip to Spain and North Africa.
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