HENRI DE BRAEKELEER. Fenêtre ouverte sur la réalité > Musée Félicien Rops, Namur > October 19, 2019 – February 2, 2020

Having had his hour of glory in the 19th century, painter then loved by the bourgeoisie and massively collected by the museums of Fine Arts in Antwerp and Brussels, Henri De Braekeleer (1840-1888) was also an artist much appreciated by Verhaeren, Van Gogh and Rik Wouters. This is the first exhibition in 30 years of this great Flemish realist painter who combines tradition and modernity.

“In collaboration with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, this exhibition highlights the modernity of De Braekeleer’s painting. Through forty paintings, drawings or engravings, the Antwerp resident finds a special place in the artistic landscape of the 19th century in Belgium.
Henri De Braekeleer is much more than a talented painter dexterously handling the techniques and themes of classical painting. Belgian avant-garde artists, including the “cercle XX”, considered him one of the most important realists of the second half of the 19th century in Belgium. Van Gogh does not hesitate to compare him to Edouard Manet. ”
Source : Musée Félicien Rops

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