225 x 150 centimeters
Engulfed in a cloud of effervescent pink mist, a young woman stands like a chaste beacon, a heroine of mythology, an oriental divinity, a dark and dangerous princess of romantic fable. In fact, what she is holding is a type of smoke bomb called ‘Dragon', a brand popular with rowdy football fans. Patricia Ellis
Into the Woods (After Bilibin)
pencil, grease pencil, watercolor, charcoal on paper
210 x 150 centimeters
Based on a fairytale illustration by Ivan Bilibin, van Dongen's traveller is no sweet Cinderella. Engulfed in a Matthias Grunewald-ish forest, the dark forces of nature are dwarfed by her own self-possession. Drawing on a Comme Des Garçons chic, van Dongen presents not an incongruity of time, but a sense of a displacement of chronology, a possible now, set somewhere else. Patricia Ellis
220 x 139 centimeters
Iris van Dongen (born in 1975 in Tilburg, Holland, lives and works in Berlin) came to fame for her drawing of young women, mixing pencil, pastel, watercolor and charcoal, and combining virtuosity and contemporary sensitivity, as artist's inner selfportraits.