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The Last Doll, 1923

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 65 x 49.2 cm
  • Inv. 1957-O

© SABAM Belgium 2023

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Edgard Tytgat portrayed several children, though their names are not known. Nor do we know who the model for this girl in The Last Doll was. She has a melancholy air, and of course the ‘last doll’ signifies a farewell to childhood. The unaffected simplicity and purity of children beguiled Tytgat. We also see this simplicity and a certain awkwardness in his way of painting and drawing, which has some affinity with popular illustrations and children’s drawings. Although in about 1924 Tytgat was admitted to the circle of Flemish expressionists associated with the magazine Sélection, he retained this characteristically rather naive style of drawing and painting.


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Brussels 1879 - Woluwé-Saint-Lambert (Brussels) 1957
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Title The Last Doll
Date 1923
Period 20th century
Location Brussels TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signature and year bottom right: EdgardTytgat. / 1923
inscription bottom right: 123
inscription on the back of the canvas: LA DERNIERE POUPEE / PAR EDGARD TYTGAT / ENREGISTREE 123 / EdgardTytgat / BRUX 1923 AVRIL
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1957-O
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300124520 interior views AAT
300055865 Symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden Iconclass
41A721 chairs (furniture forms) Iconclass
41E still life of miscellaneous objects Iconclass
43C7 children's games and plays Iconclass
43C74 child in environment and time Iconclass
43C78 (playing with) toys Iconclass
43C7871 (playing with) dolls Iconclass
48C8551 puppet Iconclass
School / Style Expressionist (style) AAT
Modernist AAT
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. 326-327 (ill.))
Edgard Tytgat : Herinnering aan een geliefd venster (tentoonstelling Leuven, M-Museum Leuven, 08.12.2017 - 08.04.2018) / Peter Carpreau, Gust Van den Berghe, Klara Rowaert. - Leuven : M (Leuven), 2017 ; Gent : Ludion, 2017 (p. 106-107, nr. 39)
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