Van Dongen: Painting the Town Fauve Preview

In collaboration with the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is starting another exciting exhibit this Thursday. This will be the first major exhibit of the artwork in North America of Kees van Dongen. There will be over 200 works on display including drawings, paintings, photos, and ceramics.

Van Dongen was born in 1877 in Holland and moved to Paris at a young age. He lived the life of a bohemian and as a result his art is his observations of the world around him. Often called the "forgotten Fauve" the exhibit strives to show the influence he had on the early 20th Century art world. Classified as a Fauve he separated himself from that artistic movement through his use of portraiture, vivid colours, sexuality, and scandalous subjects. He is shown to have more in common with the likes of Matisse and Picasso than he fellow Fauvists.

The exhibit is divided into four different eras in his career and will have on display some paintings that have not been shown in North America in roughly 50 years. As a goal this exhibit will try to reintroduce us to an important artist who has largely been forgotten.

Additional Information:
-Website: www.mmfa.qc.ca
-Ticket Purchase: www.admission.com or (514) 790-1245 or museum box office
-Ticket Prices: Adults: $15 ($7.50 on Wednesdays from 5-9)
Students: $7.50 (-30 with Student ID)
Seniors: $10.00 (65+)
Children -12 (with adult): Free
-Hours: Tuesday: 11:00-5:00
Wednesday-Friday: 11:00-9:00
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-5:00

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