Sotheby's Art Impressionniste et Moderne Sale, 24 MARCH 2017. Estimate 1,500,000 — 2,000,000 EUR.
This major portrait was painted at a time of recognition for Van Dongen. Following the scandal of his first Fauvist works exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in 1905, Van Dongen developed his style, modulating the chromatic violence of his first works. The paintings from 1907-10 are none the less marked by a radical modernity, as much in their palette as in their technique. As Apollinaire describes, Van Dongen “composes his paintings according to an absolute concern for the full truth, a total newness.” In 1908, several prestigious exhibitions were dedicated to the painter, including three solo shows which greatly contributed to his reputation: one organized in March 1908 by Kahnweiler, one at the Galerie Flechteim in Dusseldorf which encouraged exchanges between Van Dongen and the artists from the Die Brucke group and one organized in Toulouse by Charles Malpel.
The theme of the woman dominated Van Dongen’s art at this time. For all that, commissioned portraits were still rare, and the painter favored portraits of his close friends, portraits of an enchanting sensuality, as well as representations of cabaret artists, prostitutes, circus acrobats. Femme au chapeau employs the facture characteristic of Van Dongen’s fauvist period but also reveals the close friendship between the painter and Charles Malpel.
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