Spilliaert & Minne

In works that drew inspiration from Japanese art, Léon Spilliaert, from within the context of Symbolism, succeeded in creating an atmosphere of mystery and alienation with lines and colours that tended towards abstraction. Dizzying perspectives and oppressive absence reveal his most intimate fears. The disconcerting character of his work has led some observers to see him as a precursor of surrealism. The sculptor George Minne, on the other hand, found inspiration in an expressive primitivism. While still young, Minne was acclaimed by the Symbolist writers, who introduced him to the group of Les XX. Hailed by Maeterlinck as “the great depicter of grief”, Minne was later recognised in Sint-Martens-Latem as the father of Expressionism.