Léon Spilliaert (Royal Academy of Arts)
Anne Adriaens-Pannier, Noémie Goldman, Adrian Locke, Will Stone, Anna Testar, Luc Tuymans
Royal Academy of Arts & Mercatorfonds, 2020
Catalog of the first exhibition in the United Kingdom of the somber and mysterious works of this enigmatic Belgian artist.
Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946) has been associated with key figures from Belgian symbolism, yet he developed a very distinct, individual style. He was born in Ostend and worked there for most of his career. Spilliaert was an introvert, suffered from insomnia and was in poor health as a young man. He walked the streets of the seaside town at night and evoked her dark docks, beaches and boardwalks in mysterious and atmospheric paintings and drawings. He was influenced by painters such as Odilon Redon and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, as well as the writers Edgar Allan Poe and Friedrich Nietzsche.
This book brings together more than a hundred works from international collections, including a series of oppressive self-portraits that Spilliaert made in his twenties and that are considered striking examples of the genre. Authoritative authors discuss the exceptional approach of the artist against the background of his remarkable career. Luc Tuymans, who regards Spilliaert as an important example, wrote the introduction to the book. IN DUTCH! ALSO AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SEE OUR SITE