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Exhibition Henry Van de Velde at the Horta Museum in Brussels – from 12 October 2017 to 7 January 2018


HENRY VAN DE VELDE, DRAWINGS AND PASTELS (1884 – 1904)

Henry van de Velde (1863–1957) is rightly regarded as a hugely gifed and versatile designer. Van de Velde’s highly personal style did not, however, remain within the confines of fin-de-siècle art. Between the two world wars, he returned to Belgium. Once there, he began to become aware of the position he occupied in the modern movement—whose rightful champion he became both within the La Cambre Institute of Decorative Arts and through countless architectural creations.

The present exhibition not only offers visitors a chance of immersing themselves in what is still, at the start of the 21st century, an inspiring body of work: the delicacy of the compositions and the vigour of the lines remain as powerful a combination as ever. More than this, the work in itself is testament to a bold turn-of-the-century modernism. Finally, quite apart from showcasing works of great quality, the exhibition offers us a chance to track the path followed by this exceptional artist.

The exhibition invites visitors to (re)discover van de Velde’s work from a totally new perspective and to immerse themselves in an area of fin-de-siècle painting in which some of the boldest work was being done.

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Picture: Portrait of Maria Sèthe © Royal Library of Belgium.

 

World Art Nouveau Day 2018 

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