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.