Kees van Dongen (Dutch, 1877-1968): Maria c.1907-10 (Oil on canvas, The Met) – Maria captures the direct gaze of the sitter. The painting was quickly rendered with a large brush and intense, unblended color, reflecting Van Dongen’s exposure to and general association with Fauvism and Expressionism, two artistic movements characterized by bold, sometimes violent use of color… Painted with a certain stylization, Van Dongen’s female sitters often resemble one another with their large, blackened eyes and pale white flesh tones…

Kees van Dongen  Maria

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