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A Vase of Flowers
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021. Photo credit: University of Edinburgh

A Vase of Flowers 1920

Kees van Dongen (1877–1968)

University of Edinburgh

(b Delfshaven [now a borough of Rotterdam], 26 Jan. 1877; d Monte Carlo, 28 May 1968). Dutch-born painter and printmaker who settled in Paris in 1897 and took French nationality in 1929. His early work was Impressionist, but he became a member of the Fauves in 1906 and in 1908 exhibited with the German Expressionist group Die Brücke. He had a reputation as a ladies' man, and his work (mainly nudes and female portraits) was often erotic in spirit: in 1913 one of his pictures was removed from the Salon d'Automne by the police on the grounds of alleged indecency.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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