Thursday, August 27, 2009

Le Coquelicot

Let's inject a bit of colour into the blog. One of my favourite artists from the French Fauvist expressionist movement is the Dutchman Kees van Dongen (1877-1968). Especially his portraits, such as the one depicted above from 1919, are excellent pieces of art. He once remarked of his popularity as a portraitist with high society women: "The essential thing is to elongate the women and especially to make them slim. After that it just remains to enlarge their jewels. They are ravished." More on van Dongen in the wikipedia article linked to below.