Rencontre au Bois

Accession Number

Rencontre au Bois

Kees van Dongen; Guilde International de la Gravure

Artist Nationality
Dutch (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1950

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

15 in x 21 15/16 in (38.1 cm x 55.72 cm);22 1/16 in x 28 1/16 in (56.04 cm x 71.28 cm);15 in x 21 15/16 in (38.1 cm x 55.72 cm);12 3/16 in x 20 in (30.96 cm x 50.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Kripke

Subject matter
Kees van Dongen published several prints in the 1950s that are idyllic park scenes of Paris and romantic encounters between people. This is perhaps the Bois de Boulogne. He was an early member of the Fauvist movement and the style influenced his work throughout his career. The influence can be seen in Recontre au Bois in the pinkish trees and the purple shadows.

Physical Description
A man on a horse, wearing a bowler hat and a brown suit, stops to talk to woman who stands in front of his horse. She wears a dark purple dress and a matching hat. To the right is another woman sitting on a chair, wearing a long sleeved white blouse and a long black skirt. She holds a parasol and wears a small yellow hat with a black band. The background is a lush green area of trees and bushes.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Equus caballus (species)
French (culture or style)
men (male humans)
modern and contemporary art
parasols (costume accessories)
parks (recreation areas)
romanticism (form of expression)
women (female humans)

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Expressionism - die Brücke
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