Exhibition at the museum

Léon Spilliaert: Self-Portraits

From March 06th to May 27th, 2007 -
Musée d'Orsay
Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
75007 Paris
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Léon Spilliaert-Portrait de l'artiste par lui-même
Léon Spilliaert
Portrait de l'artiste par lui-même, 1903
Paris, musée d'Orsay, conservé au département des Arts Graphiques du musée du Louvre
ADAGP © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Thierry Le Mage / © RMN / Réunion des Musées Nationaux

Spilliaert (1881-1946) was the man of disturbing solitudes, hallucinated faces, infinite perspectives and enigmatic silhouettes. The originality of this interpretation already dominated the dark washes of his early years through which he indulged in intensive introspection resulting in his famous self-portraits as a visionary. He had affinities with his contemporaries in both painting and literature: Emile Verhaeren, Maurice Maeterlinck, Odilon Redon, Edouard Vuillard, James Ensor... Nevertheless, if he was influenced by the fin-de siècle spirit, his work would develop well beyond Symbolism.
Throughout his career, Léon Spilliaert surprised and perplexed the public, inventing a symbolism of inner darkness that left its mark in Belgian art of the first half of the 20th century.

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