Painting from Iran at ‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen'

Kees van Dongen, Trinidad Fernandez, 1910, oil on canvas, 100 x 81.2 cm, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Teheran. Pictoright, Amsterdam.
Kees van Dongen, Trinidad Fernandez, 1910, oil on canvas, 100 x 81.2 cm, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Teheran. Pictoright, Amsterdam.

Painting from Iran at ‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen'

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Friday 17 September the long-awaited painting ‘Trinidad Fernandez’ from Iran has been put on display at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The work was purchased in 1976 by the wife of the exiled Shah and has not been shown in public since 1956. From Saturday 18 September the work will be part of the exhibition at ‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen’.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing a work from the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art for the first time. It is ‘Trinidad Fernandez’, painted by Kees van Dongen in 1910. Farah Pahlavi, the widow of the exiled Shah of Iran, bought the work at a sale in New York in 1976. The painting was last shown in public in 1956 in Kunstmuseum Basel. The painting has been in storage since the couple left Iran in 1979. ‘Trinidad Fernandez’ belongs to the Teheran museum.

The former Queen and later Empress Farah Pahlavi, also known as Farah Diba, was famous for her flamboyant lifestyle and large art collection. As well as this Van Dongen, she also owned works by André Derain and Van Gogh. ‘Trinidad Fernandez’ is an expressive painting with a superb colour palette, says guest curator Anita Hopmans, who has undertaken extensive research into Van Dongen’s path to success. “The painting, of a Spanish beauty, is entirely in place among the other works Van Dongen painted during his trip to Spain, Morocco and Tunisia. It was a great thrill to find the painting in this collection and to be able to show it here now.”

Hanging the painting
The work, which measures 100 x 81.2 cm, was hung under Iranian supervision on Friday 17 September. The exhibition ‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen’ showcases 65 of his finest paintings along with a selection of photographs, ceramics, drawings and posters. The masterpieces have been flown to Rotterdam from private collections, family holdings and other top collections all over the world. ‘All Eyes on Kees van Dongen’ was be officially opened on Saturday 18 September by the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, and a number of special guests including the actress Loes Luca and the writer Mensje van Keulen.

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