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Dolly van Dongen
Dolly van Donger was born on 18 April 1905 in Paris. She is the daughter of Kees van Dongen and his wife Guus Preitinger. Her real name is Augusta, but she quickly earns the name Dolly. She grows up mainly in Paris, but during the First World War she is forced to live in the Netherlands with her mother, while her father remains in Paris. When she returns to Paris in 1919, her father has met a new woman and her parents part. Dolly died in 1987 at the age of 82; this interview was made in the same year.
Such satirical cartoons appeared in 1949 in the Dutch newspapers when an exhibition of work by Kees van Dongen in Museum Boymans caused uproar because there was so much nudity on show.
Also in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
You can see here the Bodon rooms in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, where, at the time this interview was recorded, a major retrospective was being held. Kees van Dongen has enjoyed four major solo exhibitions in this museum: In 1949, when his nudes caused considerable uproar; in 1967, when the Polygoon newsreel showed an item about it; in 1987, as can be seen here; and in 2010: The big eyes of Kees van Dongen.
Here we see Kees van Dongen’s most famous model posing for him: the French actress Brigitte Bardot. He painted her in 1954. In that year, Van Dongen also became an Officer in the Légion d’Honneur. He once again became a public figure in the press.
Dolly van Dongen has a famous father. When she was born in 1905, her father Kees van Dongen had already been living in Paris for several years. He is promoting himself as an artist, is meeting many celebrities and has he first solo exhibitions in the Parisian art world. As Dolly grows up, her father becomes a famous artist and is right in the middle of the Parisian chic. Dolly van Dongen experiences it all at first hand, plays with Picasso’s girl friend, looks over Kees’s shoulder as he works and often has to pose as model. But she remains down to earth: ‘Keessie isn’t a painter, he’s just Keessie’. The video is a shortened version of the documentary ‘Dolly van Dongen, daughter and model’ which was made by Martin van Dalen in 1987.
Regie: Martin van Dalen (1987)
Montage 2010: Rose Klaver / Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen