Kees Van Dongen (Dutch/French, 1877-1968)
Armistice Day, 1918
Signed "Van Dongen." u.l.
Pastel on paper with Canson watermark, 12 1/2 x 19 in. (31.7 x 48.3 cm),framed.
Condition: Hinged to back mat near upper corners on the reverse, deckled left, right, and lower edges, rippling, tack hole u.c., tape remnants on the reverse.
Provenance: Harry Zitter, New York; by spousal descent to Mildred Goor, New York; private collection, Maine (acquired from the estate of Mildred Goor, New Jersey, April 1, 1985).
N.B. A leading figure of the Fauvist movement in the early decades of the 20th century, Kees van Dongen employed the acidic palette and unexpected color juxtapositions favored by the Fauves in his sensuous renderings of the female figure. In this brilliantly colored pastel, van Dongen applied his sensitivity to color and bold and expressive delineation of form to a scene of modern life celebrating the end of World War I in Paris.
The vertical rippling is most evident near the upper edge.
Framed dimensions: 21 1/2 x 28 x 3 in.
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