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Farmer (or Evening), 1910

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 60.2 x 40.4 cm
  • Inv. 1953-C

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Gustave van de Woestyne lived in Sint-Martens-Latem for about ten years. He sought an answer to his need for religiosity in the simplicity of rural life. He shared with the artists who were already living and working there the craving for spiritual depth and an admiration for the Flemish and Italian primitive painters. He maintained close contact with the villagers, who are often to be seen in religiously inspired scenes in his paintings. Van de Woestyne painted this work, called The Farmer (or Evening), when he had already left the village. The refined and detailed realism of this farmer’s head and the still pose are reminiscent of the Flemish primitives. However, the expressive simplification of the symmetrically composed plain background and the use of large areas of colour already point in the direction of modernism.


Gustave Van de Woestyne RKD VIAF Wikidata
Ghent 1881 - Uccle 1947
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Title Farmer (or Evening)
Date 1910
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right: Gust. VAN DE WOESTIJNE
inscription on the reverse: “BOER” avond / G. VAN DE WOESTYNE : 1910
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1953-C
Acquisition credit purchase
Giron, Robert
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300055865 symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 23R13 evening Iconclass
25I3 farm or solitary house in landscape Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31B6213 looking sideways Iconclass
31B6216 lifted eyebrows Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
41A17 farm (building) Iconclass
46A14 farmers Iconclass
46A222 rural life Iconclass
480 symbolic representations, allegories and emblems ~ art; 'Arte' (Ripa) Iconclass
61E(LAETHEM-SAINT-MARTIN) names of cities and villages (LAETHEM-SAINT-MARTIN) Iconclass
School / Style Symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
Sint-Martens-Latem : Kunstenaarsdorp in Vlaanderen / Piet Boyens. - Tielt : Uitgeverij Lannoo, 1992 (p. 267, nr. 46)
200 jaar verzamelen : Collectieboek Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Arnout Balis, Robert Hoozee, Maximiliaan P.J. Martens, Paul Van Haute. - Gent : Ludion, 2000 (p. 274 (ill. 167))
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. 364-365)
Het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : een keuze uit de mooiste werken / Patrick De Rynck. - Gent : Ludion, 2007 (p. 104 (ill.))
Gustave Van de Woestyne (tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 27 maart - 27 juni 2010) / Robert Hoozee, Cathérine Verleysen, Piet Boyens, Marc Somers, Huguette Van de Woestyne-Vanagt. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2010 ; Brussel : Mercatorfonds, 2010 (nr. 38)
Nervia / Sint-Martens-Latem : Koppelteken = Nervia / Laethem-Saint-Martin : Traits d'union (tentoonstelling Elsene (Brussel), Museum van Elsene, 22.10.2015 - 17.01.2016) / Françoise Eeckman, Cathérine Verleysen, Michel De Reymaeker, Françoise Osteaux. - Bruxelles : Editions Racine, 2015 (p. 140)
Symbolisme in Vlaanderen : De eerste generatie kunstenaars in Sint-Martens-Latem (tentoonstelling 's-Hertogenbosch, Het Noordbrabants Museum, 10.07 - 09.10.2022) / Piet Boyens, Helewise Berger. - Zwolle : WBOOKS, 2022 ; 's-Hertogenbosch : Het Noordbrabants Museum, 2022 (p. 79)
onder vrienden : 225 jaar verzamelaars rond het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 25.11.2023 - 28.04.2024) / Johan De Smet, Frederica Van Dam, Willy Van der Gucht, Manfred Sellink. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2023 ; Gent : De Vrienden van het Museum, 2023 (p. 212, cat. 241 (ill.))
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