Tag Archives: Bruges

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