7 May 2009,
Price realised USD 6,000
USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
Kees van Dongen (1877-1968)
C'était le genie
titled 'c'etait le genie' (lower left)
pen and India ink with white heightening over blue crayon on paper
12½ x 9 5/8 in. (31.8 x 24.4 cm.)
Executed in 1918
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Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 19 March 1997, lot 270.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
J.-C. Madrus, trans., Conte des 1001 nuits, Hassan Badreddinne El-Bassraoud, Paris, 1919, p. 69 (illustrated).
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