A sombre drawing by Kees Van Dongen

On 11 September 2020, by Anne Doridou-Heim

In this singular year, Drouot decided to play extra time, continuing sales until the end of July. So the season ended with a sad young woman drawn by Kees Van Dongen, with Tessier-Sarrou.

Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968), L'amant part. la fille reste… avec son enfant, 1901, ink, Conté crayon, coloured crayons, wash, watercolour, 64.4 x 49.5 cm.
Result: €27,940

The theme of this drawing is a long way from the world usually depicted by the most Parisian – and light-hearted – of Dutch artists. The subject of The lover leaves; the girl stays…with her child is a dark one. Focusing on the descent into miserable prostitution and a hopeless future, it also harks back to Van Dongen's early years as an illustrator. Two years before this, newly arrived in the capital, he offered his talents to various satirical magazines, whose popularity was soaring. For L'Assiette au beurre, whose programme clearly stated that, "going beyond the viewpoint of art, even", it "would devote itself to social criticism", he provided numerous drawings, including this one, published on 26 October 1901 (for an issue he entirely illustrated). It was acclaimed at this sale by €27,940.

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