Kees VAN DONGEN
(Delfshaven 1877 - Monte Carlo 1968)
Reclining Nude with Red Stockings (Nu couché aux bas rouges)
Signed van Dongen in brush and gouache at the lower centre.
246 x 337 mm. (9 5/8 x 13 1/4 in.)
In his review of the 1908 exhibition of the artist’s work at the Galerie Kahnweiler, Louis Vauxcelles praised ‘the sharp, singular and sumptuous talent of Kees Van Dongen’, and added of his subjects: ‘These poor creatures of joy who live their passive life, naive and sorrowful, in the depths of the underworld of Montmartre, in the acrid and stale atmosphere of brothels, their worn features, their youth withered…spread out with an unconscious cynicism…all these stigmata of lethargy are marked [by the artist] with a strong, nervous stroke, and coloured with power.'
The present sheet is accompanied by a certificate from Jacques Chalom des Cordes, dated 25 January 2017.
Galerie Cazeau-Béraudière, Paris
Private collection, Belgium, by 1997.