Happy Birthday Kees van Dongen!! Painter and printmaker van Dongen was born in Holland in 1877, moving to France in his 20’s, becoming a naturalized citizen. Largely self-taught, van Dongen did take some night classes in Rotterdam. Early on he was influenced by Rembrandt, imitating his dark tones, but gradually introduced more and more color into his paintings. Known for his flamboyant and somewhat garish portraits, Kees van Dongen worked in the Fauvist style.
Les Fauves-means “wild beasts” a name the group of artists earned for themselves because of their bright slashes of color, sometimes dominant black outlining, and distorted flat patterns, figures and shapes.