01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Kees van Dongen’s Femme au turban/ Woman in turban, with Footnotes. #144
Kees van Dongen, (born Jan. 26, 1877, Delfshaven, Neth. — died May 28, 1968, Monte Carlo, Monaco), Dutch-born French painter and printmaker who was one of the leading Fauvists and was particularly renowned for his stylized, sensuously rendered portraits of women.
Van Dongen attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam, Neth., and he moved to Paris at age 20. In the bohemian atmosphere of the Montmartre district, he worked as a house painter, an illustrator for satirical papers, and a café artist.
Van Dongen initially worked in an Impressionist manner, but in the early 1900s his colours became more vivid and concentrated. Having made the acquaintance of Henri Matisse, van Dongen participated in the famous Salon d’Automne of 1905. His reputation grew when he was contracted by Pablo Picasso’s dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler in 1907. Van Dongen exhibited with the German Expressionist group Die Brücke (“The Bridge”) in 1908, but he remained committed to Fauvism.
Van Dongen’s candid, colourful portrait style was immensely fashionable by the end of World War I, and thereafter it remained his main focus. The figure of a glamorous woman with large eyes and red lips became his archetype. Van Dongen also produced lithographs and painted richly coloured seascapes and scenes of Paris in an assured, economical style. More on Kees van Dongen
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