This painting signifies Van Dongen’s commitment to the 1900’s fauve style with its aggressive use of bold colour, and the high contrasts between blocks of colour and shadow. It is believed to have been painted in the first decades of the 20th Century.
The Hôtel de Masseran, the Parisian residence where this painting is documented, was purchased in 1948 by the Baron and Baroness Elie de Rothschild. The estate had originally been commissioned by the prince of Masserano, a Spanish ambassador to Napoleon and cousin of Louis XVI.The Rothschilds added a Louis XVI-style ballroom to the property, and further decorated it with boiseries (elaborate woodwork), ceiling paintings, and other significant antiques and artworks. In 1978, Felix Houphouet-Boigny, the first president of the newly independent Côte d’Ivoire, purchased the estate and most of its contents from Baron Elie de Rothschild.
It cannot be confirmed who added the van Dongen painting to the collection at the Hôtel de Masseran. Bouquet de Fleurs might have been purchased by the Rothschilds as Cecile, Elie’s sister, was a known collector of van Dongen’s paintings. However, the President from Cote d’Ivoire was also keen to have his Parisian residence full of appropriate artwork, so he might have purchased the work as befitting.