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Houses in Montmartre

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In 1906 Kees van Dongen exhibits a selection of his work in Rotterdam. He shows ten drawings and more than seventy paintings, including this view of Montmartre. His work, which is subsequently shown in Zwolle, too, is remarkably well-received by the Dutch press, yet he only sells three works in all. This one is bought by Henriëtte Reuchlin-Lucardie, who gives it to Museum Boymans in 1936., Van Dongen made his debut as a painter in Paris with a solo exhibition at Galerie Vollard. The show included two new series of views of Paris from Montmartre. Van Dongen wrote to a Dutch journalist: ‘It is a great success […] but I am so ambitious that I would very much like your cooperation in appreciating my success.’

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Title Houses in Montmartre
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 65 cm
Width 46 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Kees van Dongen
Accession number 1171 (MK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: H. Reuchlin-Lucardie 1936
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1936
Creation date in circa 1903-1904
Age artist Between 21 and 32 years old
Internal exhibitions Impressionisme: Een schone kijk (1992)
De grote ogen van Kees van Dongen (2010)
External exhibitions Van Dongen. Fauve, anarchiste et mondain (2011)
Van Dongen et le Bateau Lavoir (2018)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture Paris > France > Western Europe > Europe

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Kees van Dongen

Delfshaven 1877 - Monte Carlo 1968

Cornelis Theodorus Maria van Dongen was born on 26 January 1877 in Delfshaven, then still a small independent port near Rotterdam. At the age of fifteen, Kees...

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