Kees van Dongen (Dutch, 1877–1968) was a leading member of the controversial Fauves group, whose members also included French artists Henri Matisse (1869–1954), Henri Emilien Rousseau (1875–1933), Robert Delaunay (1885–1941), and Edouard Vuillard (1868–1940). Known specifically for his portraiture, van Dongen painted sensuous and often garish representations of the fashionable French bourgeoisie, and the wealth that permitted their leisurely lifestyle. His subjects included Arletty, Leopold III of Belgium, Louis Barthou, Sacha Guitry, Anna de Noailles, and Paul Maurice Chevalier. In 1926, van Dongen was awarded the Legion of Honour, and in 1927 the Order of the Crown of Belgium. In the Spring 2009, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada held a retrospective of van Dongen’s work, Van Dongen: A Fauve in the City.

Timeline

1877
Born January 26th in Delfshaven near Rotterdam
1895
Studied at Academy of Fine Arts, Rotterdam
1897
Moved to Paris and worked as an illustrator for "Revoue Blanche" and "L'assiette au Beurre"
1903
Exhibited his works publicly for the first time, and later he showed with Matisse in the Vollard Gallery
1905
Became associated with the Fauves
1908
Became a member of the group of German Expressionists "Die Brücke" (the Bridge)
1968
Died May 28 in Monte Carlo

Exhibitions

2008
Kees Van Dongen, 1877-1968, New National Museum of Monaco, Monaco
1990
Kees Van Dongen, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1974
Les Fauves, Seibu Galleries, Tokyo, Japan
1972
Hommage a Van Dongen, Galerie Paul Valloton, Lausanne, Switzerland
1967
Van Dongen, Musee National d'arte Art Moderne, Paris, France
1946
Mostra di pittori francesi, Galerie dello Zodiaco, Rome, Italy
1911
Van Dongen, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, France
1908
Exhibited with German Expressionist group, Die Brucke
1905
Salon d'Automne, Paris, France