Kees van Dongen

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Kees van Dongen in his studio circa 1910

Cornelis Theodorus Maria 'Kees' van Dongen (26 January 1877 – 28 May 1968) was a Dutch-French painter and one of the Fauves at the controversial 1905 Salon d'Automne exhibition. He gained a reputation for his sensuous, at times garish, portraits.

Quotes[edit]

  • Painting is the most beautiful lie.
    • in: Modern Dutch painting: an introduction, Netherlands Information Service, (1960), p. 26
      • Alternative:
        Painting is the most beautiful of lies.
      • in: Dossier pédagogique, Service culturel, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Mars 2011
  • Life is beautiful, and this work is even more beautiful than life.
    • in: Modern Dutch painting: an introduction, Netherlands Information Service, (1960), p. 26
  • The essential thing is to elongate the women and especially to make them slim. After that it just remains to enlarge their jewels. They are ravished.
    • in: Dossier pédagogique, Service culturel, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Mars 2011

Quotes about Kees van Dongen[edit]

  • His sarcastic images made no attempt to disguise moral and physical defects. Van Dongen created a feminine type that was half drawing-room prostitute, half sidewalk princess; her murky eyes, livid face with blood- red mouth, spindly arms, and exaggeratedly thin body adorned with sparkling jewels and veiled in silk or tulle, or stripped cynically nude.
    • Praeger encyclopedia of art, Vol 2, 1971, p. 550

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