Théo Van Rysselberghe exhibition at the Musée de Lodève

Showing until 21 October 2012

Théo Van Rysselberghe

The Lodève Museum is proud to present 85 works of art by the famous artist Théo Van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) renowned for his Neo-impressionist technique of pointillism.

Originally from Brussels and with an insatiable curiosity, Van Rysselberghe was well travelled during his lifetime and picked up influences and inspiration from many different countries and artists. His painting style developed and evolved over the years from realism to pointillism.

At barely 18 years of age he was already exhibiting his works and meeting famous artists of the time. In the 1880s his paintings were somber and in keeping with the Belgian realistic tradition of that time. He soon started to depart from this style and he took his first steps towards impressionism.

Returning from his first trip to Morocco, he showed about 30 works in Belgium which were an instant success, particularly The kef smokers, The orange seller and a seascape The strait (setting sun), Tanger (1882).

Théo Van Rysselberghe

He was one of the co-founders of the Belgian artistic circle Les Vingts which was a circle of young radical artists who rebelled against the outmoded academics and the prevailing artistic standards of the time.

His early paintings were influenced by artists such as Monet, Renoir and Whistler but he became fascinated by the pointillist style in 1886 when he saw Georges Seurat's La Grande Jatte at the eighth impressionist exhibition in Paris.

His famous portrait of Alice Sèthe (1888) in blue and gold was a turning point in his life. This time he used merely points in the portrait.

He was the leader of the Belgian pointillists, until little by little he gave it up for a more relaxed style with longer strokes, vivid colours and more intense contrasts.

In the 1890s he painted mainly portraits, landscapes and seascapes, mostly of the Mediterranean coast. From 1905 on, the female nude becomes prominent in his paintings. One of his last works was Girl in a bath tub (1925).

Théo Van Rysselberghe

Much of his work still remains in private collections and can only rarely be seen. This exhibition is therefore well worth a visit. You may never get the chance again to see all these wonderful paintings all under the same roof.

Lodève Museum
Square Georges Auric
34700 Lodève
Tel: 04 67 88 86 10
Open every day from 10am to 6pm except Mondays
Entry Fee = 7€

Théo Van Rysselberghe