On [:] Tableau | Kees van Dongen (1913)

Kees van Dongen, Tableau (Augusta Preitinger, the artist’s wife), 1913

“For all those who look with their ears, here is a completely naked woman.
You are prudish, but I tell you that our sexes are organs that are as amusing
as brains, and if the sex was found in the face, in place of the nose (which
could have happened), where would prudishness be then? Shamelessness is
really a virtue, like the lack of respect for many respectable things.”

Kees van Dongen
– to critics of his painting Tableau (1913), depicting his naked wife.

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