Latest Love: Kees van Dongen

Kees van Dongen (Dutch, 1877–1968), Place Vendome, 1918–20, Oil on canvas

I’ve always adored this work, Place Vendome, a permanent resident of The Mrs. Harry L. Bradley Collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Although Dutch-born French painter and printmaker, Kees van Dongen, is most renowned for his sensual female portraits, I find myself drawn to his charmingly vibrant scenes of bustling Parisian streets, crowded racetracks and teeming seascapes. Van Dongen remained committed to the short-lived Fauvist style throughout his career, his subjects emerging from strong painterly strokes, and stretches of bold unblended color.

Kees van Dongen, Maria, 1907–10, Oil on canvas

Kees van Dongen, At the Racetrack, 1950s, Oil on canvas

Kees van Dongen, Leaving the Opera, 1903, Watercolor

Kees van Dongen, Portrait de Femme (Pochoir for menu for diner in Miramar, Cannes),  1933, Pochoir

Kees van Dongen, Portrait de Femme (Pochoir for menu for diner in Miramar, Cannes), 1933, Pochoir

Kees van Dongen, The Beach at Deauville, 1945–55, Oil on canvas

Kees van Dongen, Avenue du Bois, ca. 1925, Oil on machine-primed canvas

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4 responses to “Latest Love: Kees van Dongen

  1. MB Mahoney

    Love Van Dongen and MAM. Another one of his art works that you might enjoy is Corn Poppy held by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as part of their Beck Collection (very similar themes/artists as the Bradley Collection).
    >>> http://mfahouston.blogspot.com/2010/05/beck-collection-corn-poppy-kees-van.html

  2. Diana Jordan

    Wonderful! I didn’t know this artist and am so glad your blog introduced me to his work. The lively depiction of the 2 little dogs At the Racetrack makes me think of my own.

  3. Grampa and Carolyn

    Thanks for bringing van Dongen to the forefront. We had admired some of his work but didn’t have a fuller appreciation!

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