Tag Archives: Belgium

Groeningemuseum

IMG_5685Portrait of Margareta van Eyck // Jan van Eyck // Oil on panel // 1439

One of the most well known museums in Belgium is the Groeningemuseum, home to art by the Flemish Primitives and Renaissance artists with works by Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling and Hugo van der Goes. But Flemish and Renaissance pieces are not the only time periods on view. The museum flows in a chronological order ending with works from the 18th century onward.

IMG_5683Madonna with Canon Joris van der Paele // Jan van Eyck // Oil on panel // 1436

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Invention of the Art of Drawing // Joseph Benoît Suvée // Oil on canvas // 1791

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 Ray of Sun after the Storm // Joseph Theodore Coosemans // Oil on canvas / 1876-1891

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Grey Winter Landscape // Jean Brusselmans // Oil on canvas // 1935

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Small House in the Sun // Joseph Willaert // Oil on canvas, cement tiles // 1968

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Kate and Her Photos // Jacques Verduyn // Polyester, textile, photographs // 1978

Museum Gallery XPO – Salvador Dali

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In the heart of Bruges is an unexpected museum, the Museum Gallery XPO, dedicated to works by Surrealist artist Salvador Dali. In Museum Gallery XPO you can find Dali’s illustrations for Alice and Wonderland and The Old Man and the Sea. With his whimsical, yet sexual, nature of his works, Dali is one of the most celebrated artists from the Surrealist movement.  Dali knew that he was something special. He once said ““I am an average painter. If I were to compare myself with Vermeer or Velasquez, I would have to describe myself as a real artistic disaster. If I compare myself with my contemporaries, than I am simply the best.” You can determine if you think he is “simply the best.”

img_5793Illustrations for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland // Salvador Dali

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Illustrations for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland // Salvador Dali

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Illustrations for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland // Salvador Dali

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Frank Brangwyn 1867-1956

img_5753Fishermen at sea in a squall // Frank Brangwyn // Oil painting // 1908

On view in the Arentshuis museum in Bruges, Belgium is the show Frank Brangwyn 1867-1956. A British artist, Frank Brangwyn, known for his use of color and people filled scenes, is featured. These are three of my favorite works by Brandgwyn that are hanging in the Arentshuis.

img_5751The Slave Market // Frank Brangwyn // Tempera // 1920-1921

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The Afflicted Ones // Frank Brangwyn // Tempera // 1923

Eight Volumes of Fantasy

img_5704Utopia // Maryam Najd // Oil on canvas // 2016

In the Groeningemuseum, known for Flemish Primitive Art, is the contemporary exhibition Eight Volumes of Fantasy by artist Maryam Najd. Inspired by the Eight Books written by Sohrab Sepehri, this show provides commentary on the current media coverage of the refugees in comparison to Najd’s perspective of the situation.

img_5710Dead Flowers // Maryam Najd // Oil on canvas // 2016

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Mediterranean blanket 1 // Maryam Najd // Oil on canvas // 2016

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(L) Lady and the man of Sorrows I & Lady and the man of Sorrows II // Maryam Najd // Oil on canvas // 2016 (R) Master Dolorosa and the Man of Sorros // Copy after Simon Marmion // Oil on panel // 1475-1499

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 Monochrome Series No. X-Gold (diptych) // Maryam Najd // Oil on canvas // 2016

Ghent Street Art

FullSizeRender-51.jpgIn a city famed for its altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers, many may be unaware that Ghent, Belgium is also a city known for its street art. You won’t have to hunt all over town to see these works as there is a street dedicated to this type of art. Known as Graffiti Street, this side street off from the main square is completely covered in works by numerous street artists. Don’t get too attached to one work, as the walls are frequently whitewashed to allow artists the chance to showcase a new work of art.

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