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Portrait of Charles Rappoport

Kees van Dongen (in 1920)

The portrait of Franco-Russian communist politician Charles Rappoport is realistic. The sombre palette is enlivened here and there by light accents – on his shirt, the pamphlet in his right hand, his face and shoes. Van Dongen exhibits this painting in 1920 at the Salon d’Automne among four elegant portraits of women. In 1936 museum director Dirk Hannema buys it for Museum Boymans as one of Van Dongen’s most powerful male portraits.


Title Portrait of Charles Rappoport
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in Robbrechttrap (boven)
Dimensions (general) Width : 98 cm
Height : 173 cm
Makers Painter: Kees van Dongen
Accession number 1187 (MK)
Credits Schenking burgerij van / Donation citizens of Rotterdam 1936
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1936
Age maker About 43 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De grote ogen van Kees van Dongen (2010)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Van Dongen. Fauve, anarchiste et mondain (2011)
Vereeuwigd, 1913-2013 (2013)
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

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 b..