Portrait de Mademoiselle Erna Carise

Kees van Dongen (Dutch/French, 1877-1968) – Portrait de Mademoiselle Erna Carise (Oil on canvas) – Rather than focusing on color, he sought to capture the elongated, supine elegance of the women of his era using a reduced palette. Portrait de Erna Carise, with its sensual, sweeping brushstrokes and vivid contrasts, perfectly encapsulates van Dongen’s statement, “I love anything that glitters, precious stones that sparkle, fabrics that shimmer, beautiful women who arouse carnal desire… painting lets me possess all this most fully.”

Kees van Dongen - Portrait de Mademoiselle Erna Carise

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