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The works of the painter Kees van Dongen are exhibited in Deauville. Born in Holland and naturalized French, the painter was part, with Picasso and Modigliani, of the famous band of the Bateau-Lavoir, in Montmartre. He found in Normandy the colors and the sky of his native country.
Immerse yourself in the paintings of Kees van Dongen, to revisit Deauville (Calvados) at the dawn of the 20th century. The decor has hardly changed: the parasols, planted in the sand, form a colorful forest against a washed-out sky. The boards, where he liked to walk, the bar of the Sun, where he drew on his sketchbook… The organizer of the exhibition guides the France Télévisions team to a palace, where the painter stayed each summer for nearly 50 years, from 1913 to 1963.
Already famous in Montparnasse, like his friend Picasso, this dandy was a permanent guest and an early influencer. Van Dongen took part in an artistic revolution: Fauvism. He then uses contrasting colors, sometimes garish, or impasto to give relief to his canvases. High society women adored his portraits.
In Deauville, Van Dongen did not paint, he took orders and caught the spirit of the times. In the 1920s, this seaside resort was a little Paris, where he met all the elite. Anarchist in his youth, Van Dongen died in May 68, at the age of 91.
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