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Dongen, Kees van (Cornelis)

Born: 1877 AD
Died: 1968 AD, at 91 years of age.

Nationality: Dutch
Categories: Painters


1877 - Born in in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

1892 - At age 16, van Dongen started his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam.

1897 - Kees van Dongen attended the Royal Academy of Arts in Rotterdam, and moved to Paris. He lived in the Montmartre district and worked as a house painter and illustrator for satirical magazines.

1901 - He got married with Augusta Prettinger.

1905 - He took part in the controversial exhibition 'Salon d'Automne'. Kees van Dongen also organised very succesful costume balls in Mont-Parnasse to earn an extra cent.  

         - He exhibited with the Fauves in their famous exhibition. Van Dongen’s paintings of women, dancers and nudes are composed of rich vivid colors and bold outlines.

1908 - Van Dongen was invited to join the German Expressionist group Die Brucke, and his expressionist portraits were extremely popular throughout continental Europe through the war years.

1918 - Became a popular society painter. His style became simpler and more realistic, although he continued to use vivid colors in his portraits.

1968 - Kees van Dongen moved to the South of France. He died in Monaco,  France.


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