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Leaning Woman, 1920

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 79.4 x 60.3 cm
  • Inv. 1937-AE

© SABAM Belgium 2023

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When Jean Brusselmans began painting it was in the style of the Fauves, using vivid colours and loose brushstrokes. After WWI he started using more compact, simpler forms. Leaning Woman is an early example of this development. By composing the painting in large areas of colour, Brusselmans reduces the subject to clear basic shapes. A striking feature is his sketchy technique and the way he applies his paint in transparent layers. The warm colours create unity between the light, the space and the figure, thereby giving the work an intimate atmosphere and a poetic nature. His wife Marie Frisch probably posed for the painting.


Jean Brusselmans RKD VIAF Wikidata
Brussels 1884 - Dilbeek 1953
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Title Leaning Woman
Date 1920
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signature and year bottom left: Jean Brusselmans. 1920.
signature and year left above the book and next to right arm of the woman: Jean / Brusselmans / 11920 (?)
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1937-AE
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1937-AE
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/1412/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300124520 interior views AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A25312 head held in the hand(s), with elbows leaning on an elevation or on the knees Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31D15 adult woman Iconclass
41A711 table Iconclass
49M32 book Iconclass
61BB2 historical persons - BB - woman Iconclass
School / Style Expressionist (style) AAT
Modernist AAT
Jean Brusselmans : Beschrijvende catalogus / Gita Brys-Schatan, Robert L. Delevoy. - Brussel : Laconti, 1972 (cat. 114)
La Peinture en Belgique sous le règne du Roi Albert (exposition Namur, Maison de la Culture, 8.6 - 19.8.1984) / Philippe Roberts-Jones. - Namur : Maison de la Culture, 1984
200 jaar verzamelen : Collectieboek Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Arnout Balis, Robert Hoozee, Maximiliaan P.J. Martens, Paul Van Haute. - Gent : Ludion, 2000 (p. (ill. 183), 267)
Het oorkussen van de melancholie (tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 20.12.2000 - 25.02.2001) / Joannes Késenne. - Brussel : Sabam, 2000
Herinneringen : veertig Vlamingen en hun geliefkoosd kunstwerk ; met foto's van Elisabeth Broekaert, Michiel Hendrickx, Jacques Sonck, Maarten Vanden Abeele. - Antwerpen : Openbaar kunstbezit in Vlaanderen, 2003
D'Ensor à Magritte dans les collections du Musée de Gand (exposition Lodève, Musée de Lodève-Hôtel du Cardinal de Fleury, 19 novembre 2004 - 27 février 2005) / Maïthé Vallès-Bled, Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Helke Lauwaert, Bruno Fornari. - Lodève : Musée de Lodève, 2004 ; Milano : Mazzotta, 2004 (p. 164-166, cat. 43)
Belgische schone : Ensor tot Magritte ; Hoogtepunten uit de verzameling van het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (tentoonstelling Laren, Singer Laren, 16.06 - 30.08.2015) / Johan De Smet, Jan Rudolph De Lorm. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2015 ; Laren : Singer Laren, 2015 ; Heule : Uitgeverij Snoeck, 2015 (p. 171, cat. 49 (ill.))
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