Kees Van Dongen - La Femme a la Toilette

Kees Van Dongen – La Femme a la Toilette 1905-06

Paintings that have come to auction at Sotherby’s and Christie’s recently provide some interesting comparisons.

Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968) was part of the modernism revolution, late 19th and early 2oth centuries, and one of the inventors of a painterly style labeled “the Fauves”.

With La Femme a la Toilette 1905-06, he gives us a strong sense of reality although the painting is executed in a broad painterly style and with high keyed colors.

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul - Femme au bord de la mer 1968

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul – Femme au bord de la mer 1968

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul (1935-), is a later artist who has copied Van Dongen’s Fauve style.

With Femme au bord de la mer 1968, he has created a beautiful work, but a more fanciful work representing a fantasy world.

Although Cassigneul’s style is based on Van Dongen’s, he has been quite prolific and inventive.

Also, with this painting, Cassigneul has borrowed an idea and some drawing from Van Dongen. Check out the paintings below. As well, the idea to put that boat near the head of the girl seems to have come from another painting by Van Dongen.

The two paintings below done by Van Dongen in 1919 make an interesting comparison as well. They show Van Dongen working on the same idea, but which painting was done first is hard to say without doing more research. In my view, the one on the left is the better one, showing a more refined and effective drawing.

Kees Van Dongen - La perruque d'argent 1919 (65cmx46cm)

Kees Van Dongen – La perruque d’argent 1919 (65cmx46cm)

Kees Van Dongen - La perruque d'argent 1919 (73x60cm)

Kees Van Dongen – La perruque d’argent 1919 (73x60cm)

 

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