Le collier de perles. Lithograph. 1924. Japon paper
Kees van Dongen was a Dutch-French painter and printmaker. He was born in Rotterdam, where he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
L’Echarpe. Lithograph. 1924. Japon paper
In 1905 van Dongen exhibited in the controversial Salon d’Automne, along with artists such as Henri Matisse. The group soon adopted the name “Fauves” meaning Wild Beasts. In addition to his colorful oil paintings, van Dongen made a number of sketches and lithographs. His prints usually depict portraits of high society women. During his time in Paris he drew from subjects around the artistic, Montmartre area. Van Dongen also submitted work to the liberal periodical Revue Blanche.
Tête (head) from album Femmes. 1927
L’espagnole. Lithograph form album Femmes. 1927
Parisienne. Lithograph. 1927
The artist’s commercial success came later in his life. The work made during his last decade is notable less bohemian in nature. Van Dongen moved to Monaco in in 1959, where he lived until his death in 1968. Many of his works are owned by the New National Museum of Monaco.