18 September 2010 - 23 January 2011. Born in Rotterdam, Dutch artist Kees van Dongen (1877 - 1968) shared a studio with Picasso in Paris at the turn of the century, and became highly regarded as a painter of sensuous, wildly-coloured portraits. Along with similar-minded artists, including Henri Matisse, van Dongen was to form an integral part of a movement known as the Fauves (or wild beasts). Both a society artist and a bohemian, van Dongen's extravagant parties were attended by movie stars and politicians. With their exhibition of 80 paintings, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen charts van Dongen's artistic career from his early years, in particular 1907-1914: a period which proved crucial to his later international success.
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All eyes on Kees van Dongen
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Museumpark 18-20, 3015 CX Rotterdam, tel. +31 (0)10 4419400