The new Van Dongen Catalogue Raisonné and research team: An international scholarly effort
The WPI is pleased to announce that we have begun a new digital Catalogue raisonné for the paintings of Kees van Dongen. Encouraged by Jean-Marie Van Dongen, the artist’s heir, we have formed a new committee and research protocol, working in consultation with Dr. Anita Hopmans, Senior Research Manager from the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History) in the Hague. The WPI’s fresh start on the study of Van Dongen’s paintings will draw upon the resources of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute archives, as well as the research facilities and documentation of the RKD, and will ultimately yield new information about the artist’s production.
In light of this development, the WPI will be reconsidering the works that were presented in the past to the Wildenstein Institute. If you are in possession of an original letter of attestation from the Wildenstein Institute and would like the WPI to consider your work for possible inclusion in our new Digital Catalogue, we will waive our Inclusion request fee of $2000 as a courtesy to you. Also, please note that the WPI will not be considering works on paper by the artist at this time.
The next committee meeting for the paintings of Kees van Dongen will take place in Paris during the first week of December.
Vlaminck Database and Digital Catalogue
In 2017, the WPI received all of the archival documentation and intellectual property rights associated with the Maurice de Vlaminck Catalogue Raisonné research project initiated by the Wildenstein Institute and co-authored by Maïthé Valles-Bled. The wealth of information within these extraordinary archives and hitherto unpublished research dossiers is unique to the WPI, and we are committed to sharing these important resources on the provenance, exhibition history and bibliographic references with the public.
Working together with Ms. Valles-Bled, the WPI continues to respond to inclusion requests on Vlaminck’s work and will compile this research in its Vlaminck Digital Database. Applicants who are seeking information on a specific work of art in this database should contact us through our website at https://wpi.art/submissions and select “Research Request”. Alternatively, applicants who would like the WPI to consider a painting for possible inclusion in the Vlaminck Digital Catalogue may submit works via https://wpi.art/submissions under the the “Request for Inclusion” option. The information compiled for the Vlaminck Digital Catalogue will eventually be published online through our Digital Catalogue Raisonné platform, currently in development.
Les Archives Vuillard
As an international non-profit institution committed to providing access to important art historical archival material and resources, the WPI is pleased to encourage and collaborate with fellow organizations working on similar endeavors. The WPI would like to congratulate Nicolas Langlois de Bazillac and Mathias Chivot on the formation of Les Archives Vuillard, which will provide a resource for scholarship on Edouard Vuillard and other Nabis artists.
While the WPI remains the copyright holder of the original Vuillard Catalogue Raisonné which was published by the Wildenstein Institute in 2003, our organization is pleased to acknowledge that the scholarship on this artist and others in his circle will now be spearheaded by Les Archives Vuillard. Anyone interested in submitting a work for possible inclusion in the supplement to the 2003 edition of the Vuillard Catalogue Raisonné should contact Mathias Chivot at [email protected].