Portrait of Guus Preitinger, the Artist’s Wife, 1910
Kees van Dongen (1877-1968)
Hand on hip Augusta (Guus) van Dongen-Preitinger gazes provocatively at her husband. Her bright blue dress and light skin contrast with the dark purple coat and scarlet background. Kees van Dongen used green to represent the shadows on Guus’ arms and neck. This daring combination of large areas of colour is characteristic of Fauvism. The artists from this movement, who never presented themselves as a group, however, received their name during the Paris Salon des Indépendants in 1905. There Henri Matisse and André Derain exhibited landscapes in garish colours, which earned them the name ‘fauves’ (wild ones).
*Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, purchased with the assistance of the BankGiro Loterij.