Notebook Kees van Dongen "Painting is the most beautiful lie"
An acrobat steps forward into the spotlight, her pale pink outfit glowing under the bright spotlight. She holds her foot behind her head with her hand, so that her body describes a circle. The contrast with the shadow areas has been further enhanced by painting them bright green and the hair bright blue. The figure is painted directly on the cardboard, which further enhances the feeling of spontaneity. This special painting is a textbook example of Fauvism: a short-lived new movement with enormous influence on modern art in the century that would follow. Fauvism was spontaneous and energetic, raw, full of color, without depth and completely new. The Fauves made a radical break with impressionism and separated form and color from reality. The Dutch painter Kees van Dongen was one of its most important representatives.