RKD Netherland Institute for art History
Kees van Dongen was at the forefront of Dutch artists who sought innovation in Paris around 1900. There, he embraced the avant-garde and in 1905 Picasso invited him to move into a studio at the Bateau-Lavoir. In Montmartre's free atmosphere Van Dongen found himself at the heart of artistic innovation. In these surroundings – in the footsteps of Van Gogh – he developed into an innovative painter in terms of colour and touch. Thanks to his stay in Paris, the many international exhibitions and the combination of talent and boldness, Van Dongen became one of the most important representatives of Fauvism. The artistic-revolutionary became associated with his name.
The exhibition Kees van Dongen. Durf en verleiding (Boldness and Seduction) is compiled by guest curator Anita Hopmans, Senior Curator RKD. Hopmans is an international expert on the artist's oeuvre and for the purpose of this exhibition will bring together highlights and key pieces. Among these are a number of prominent (international) loans, such as Deux yeux from 1911, from the collection of the JK Art Foundation, which has never been exhibited in the Netherlands before.