Kees van Dongen

Deauville, 1930

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Kees van Dongen

Deauville, 1930

62.5 x 47.5 cm

Watercolor on paper
Signed 'van Dongen'

Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) was one of the greatest chroniclers of glamour and decadence in the 20th Century. His pictures are redolent of the allure and beauty both of the highest circles of society and of the demimonde--those involved in entertainment: dancers, singers and prostitutes. His was a world of sensation and sensuality, and this is perfectly conveyed in the elegant, elongated figures that frolic across the beach in Deauville. Resort life is captured in all its glorious ease: a figure on horseback trot leisurely along the beach, women in swimming suits dance along the ocean's edge helping children looking for sea shells in the sand.

Private collection, Europe

Jacques Chalom des Cordes will include this painting in his forthcoming Kees Van Dongen catalogue raisonné being prepared under the sponsorship of the Wildenstein Institute.