(Amsterdam, 1876 - Amsterdam, 1967)
Signed lower right.
- Auction Christie's, Amsterdam, 26 May 1988, lot 24
- Private collection, the Netherlands
Kees Maks made fame with his paintings of the mundane nightlife: circus performances, dance couples, walking companies and garden parties were hitherto unknown themes in Dutch artworks. Circus Boltini – a Dutch travelling circus, established during the Second World War– by Toni Boltini is considered as an important location for Maks’s oeuvre. Until 1980 the circus functioned as one of the most prominent circuses of Europe. Circus and exotic dances became sought after scenes and Maks became successful as a ‘painter of mundane life’. In the 1930s he would represent the Netherlands four times at the Venice Biennale.
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