Léon Spilliaert

Belgian, 1881 - 1946


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Flemish Symbolist who moved toward a form of Expressionism and whose style sometimes recalls de Chirico. The son of an Ostend perfumer, his talent for drawing emerged in childhood and was constantly exercised. In 1902 he met Verhaeren with whom he struck up a lasting friendship. In Paris, he discovered the work of Gaugin, van Gogh and Picasso. He settled in Brussels in 1935. He was a member of various artistic circles: the Independents, the Sillon, the Contemporary Art group and the Compagnons de l'Art. His very personal technique combined watercolour, gouache, pastel and sometimes crayon on cardboard or paper. He brings together a naïve sincerity, sometimes containing a degree of eroticism, a very pure line in arabesque, and decorative surfaces akin to those of the the Nabis.


Leon Spilliaert: Life and Work
La Baigneuse, Spilliaert
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La Digue, Spilliaert
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Marine Jaune et Mauve, Spilliaert
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Marine, Plage a Maree Basse, Spilliaert
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