The Road to Success
Kees van Dongen

"Mind my words; I'm going to be famous."

My friend and I visited the Singer Laren Museum to see a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, “The Road to Success – Kees van Dongen”, compiled by guest curator Anita Hopmans, Senior Conservator at the RKD.

Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) was born in Delfshaven. He left to settle in Montmartre, the artistic center of Paris, where he developed from an illustrator to a successful fauvist artist and attracted attention with his colorful portraits of women and exuberant studio parties. The Fauves, a derogatory word meaning “wild beasts,” were Expressionists who continued painting with pure vivid colors as carriers of emotion.

“Mind my words; I’m going to be famous.” The young artist predicted his success by saying these words. He proved himself right due to his talent, ambition, self-confidence, and networking skills. He became, together with Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, and Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous expressionists of the twentieth century.


Thursday, March 9, 2023


Singer Laren Museum


Oude Drift 1
1251 BS Laren


The Road to Success
17 jan 2023 – 7 mei 2023