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Van Dongen painted many portraits. His portrait of his wife hangs above the buffet in this interior, with its marvellous colours and composition. In the actual portrait she stands against a bright red background. Here it has become blue. Apparently he did not find the red harmonious with the ochre yellow and blue.

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Title La commode
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 100 cm
Width 65 cm
Artists Schilder: Kees van Dongen
Accession number 1188 (MK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: Jo Zwartendijk 1936
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1936
Age artist About 35 years old
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
De grote ogen van Kees van Dongen (2010)
External exhibitions Van Dongen. Fauve, anarchiste et mondain (2011)
Boijmans bij de Buren - Ateliergeheimen (2019)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > 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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