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 Kees (Cornelis Theodorus Maria) Van Dongen  (1877 - 1968)

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Lived/Active: Netherlands/Holland/France      Known for: fauve and expressionist painting-aristocratic portraits

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BIOGRAPHY for Kees Van Dongen
1877 (Delfshaven, Holland)
1968 (Monte Carlo, Monaco)


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fauve and expressionist painting-aristocratic portraits

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Bold vibrant colors used in paintings of socialites, prostitutes, dancers and circus people are the works of Kees van Dongen.  During his life, he was part of both the fauvism and expressionism Modern Art movements.

Born Cornelis Theodorus Marie van Dongen in Delfshaven Holland on January 26, 1877, he began studies at the Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in 1892 where he met his first wife, artist Augusta (Guus) Prettinger.  While studying at the Academy he worked as an illustrat (showing 500 of 2745 characters).

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