Dongen, Kees van for Cornelis Théodore Marie
Dutch, 20th century, male.
Active from 1900 and from 1929 naturalised in France.
Born 26 January 1877, in Delfshaven, near Rotterdam; died 28 May 1968, in Monaco.
Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator. Figures, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures, flowers.
Kees van Dongen’s father first placed him in a school of industrial design and decorative art in Rotterdam. Later, in 1894–1895, he became a pupil of J. Striening and J.G. Heyberg at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam. His first paintings of this period were signed C. van Dongen, and from 1896 he published drawings, often of street women, in local newspapers, notably the Rotterdamsche Nieuwsblad where they created a scandal. After a trip to New York in July 1897, he spent time in Paris, living with Siebe Ten Cate, who introduced him to the art dealers Le Barc de Bouteville and ‘le père Soulier’. However, lack of resources obliged him to resort to menial work as a porter at Les Halles, a furniture mover, a portrait painter on the terraces of cafes, and a professional wrestler. In March ...