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Around 1900, writer Henri van Booven (1877-1964) befriended the artist Carel de Nerée tot Babberich (1880-1964). The latter worked in the style of Aubrey Beardsley, while Van Booven would become Louis Couperus' first biographer. He got to know the writer's work thanks to his friend De Nerée. The author introduced the artist to the work of Aubrey Beardsley. Both admired Louis Couperus, especially the novel Extasy (1892). For the first time in one hundred years a series of drawings which De Nerée made for this novel which will be on show together. The exhibition also features documents and books from Van Booven's private archive and library.
The exhbition is put together by Sander Bink, specialist on the Dutch Fin-de Siècle. To the occasion of this show the beautifully illustrated book Carel de Nerée tot Babberich en Henri van Booven. Den Haag in het fin de siècle will presented at the vernissage (published by WBOOKS, Apeldoorn, together with the Louis Couperus Museum).
This exhibition was made possible by financial contributions from Foundation Gifted Art and a sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous. The accompanying pubication was financed by the Foundation Harten Fonds and the M.A.O.C. Gravin van Bylandt Foundation.
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
Responsible publisher: Arlette Verkruyssen, General Director,
Brussels Regional Public Service - Bruxelles Développement urbain (Brussels Urban Development),
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