Red dancer, Kes van Dongen, 1907

Red dancer, Kes van Dongen, 1907
Red dancer, Kes van Dongen, 1907 - 1

  • Posted by Kes van Dongen
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: 1907

Description of the picture :

Red dancer – Kes van Dongen. 1907. Oil on canvas. 99.7×81
   The Dutch artist Kes van Dongen (1877-1968) lived most of his life in France. He is one of the founders of a new direction in painting – phovism. The works of the Fauvists were called “wild”, such an impression on contemporaries was made by a bright, screaming color, literally breaking out of the canvases.

   The Red Dancer is one of the best examples of early work of van Dongen. The picture depicts a dancer Nini, who performed in the Foli-Berger cabaret. The “Screaming” orange-red color, pouring half of the canvas, gives it a special emotional attitude. Dynamic strokes of different sizes and shapes widely and generalize the swirl of a twisted skirt.

   A small green speck on a white garter enhances the impact of local red. In addition to the cabaret of characters of many of his paintings, the painter found Medrano in Montmartre in the circus. Unrecognized by the general public at the beginning of his career, in the 1920s van Dongen became a successful artist. Famous artists, writers and even politicians ordered his portraits.