Cornelis Theodorus Maria van Dongen (Rotterdam january 1877 – Monte Carlo may 1968) was a Dutch painter who lived in France for the biggest part of his life. With his work he was one of the most important representatives of the Fauvism, a loose group of early twentieth-century Modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism.
Le Moulin de la Galette is the last windmill functioning in Montmartre (Paris) and used to shelter a famous and lively guinguette that inspired many painters including Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir. Van Dongen who fell in love with Montmartre and his bohemian lifestyle, created the painting in 1904.
Le Moulin de la Galette | Kees van Dongen
The floor pattern based on Le moulin de la Galette is projected on the 11th floor of Castalia. This is a floor of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, so the painting used here reflects on these themes. This office floor holds open and closed working places, meeting rooms and a lounge for informal meeting.