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  • oil paint, canvas
  • 36.1 x 52.1 cm
  • Inv. 1922-E

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The Romantic painter Antoine Wiertz nurtured a great admiration for Peter Paul Rubens. He copied his distinctive lively colour palette, the chiaroscuro, his flamboyant brush strokes and his dynamic tone. This sketch has a spontaneous and lively style and reminds the onlooker of a painting exercise, in which a lugubrious scene is suggested using a sketch-like technique, which lends the work considerable expressiveness and liveliness. At the same time a threatening, almost apocalyptic atmosphere is palpable, which seems to herald the symbolist paintings of artists such as Henry Degroux for example.


Antoine-Joseph Wiertz RKD
Dinant 1806 - Ixelles 1865
painters (artists)AAT

Title Sketch
Period 19th century
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1922-E
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300033898 history paintings AAT
Keywords Iconclass 21C fire (one of the four elements) Iconclass
26E2 lightning, flash of lightning, thunderbolt Iconclass
31A21 (human) skeleton Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31D112 child Iconclass
31E2312 violent death ~ fire Iconclass
33B14 threatening behaviour, challenging Iconclass
41B1 open fire (in general) Iconclass
45A10 symbols, allegories of war; 'Guerra' (Ripa) Iconclass
45M non-combatants ~ war Iconclass
53C22 Menace, Intimidation; 'Minaccie' (Ripa) Iconclass
School / Style Romantic (modern European styles) AAT
Catalogus van het Museum van Schoone Kunsten Gent : II: Moderne Meesters / Georges Chabot, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Ad. Hoste, 1932 (p. 156)
Les relations de Monsieur Wiertz : Volume 1: Antoine Wiertz au coeur de son siècle ; Volume 2: Wiertz-Witkin, un tête-à-tête criant (exposition Namur, Musée provincial Félicien Rops et à la maison de la Culture de la Province de Namur, 8 septembre - 30 décembre 2007) / Michel Draguet, Christine A. Dupont, Bruno Fornari, Patrick Roegiers, Isabelle De Longrée, André A. Moerman. - Paris : Somogy éditions d'art, 2007
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. II, p. 357 (ill.))
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
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