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Self-Portrait, ca. 1830

  • oil paint, canvas, panel
  • 81.1 x 56.6 cm
  • Inv. 1963-A

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Most of the works of art by Josse Sébastien Van den Abeele refer to his thirteen-year stay in Italy. When he arrived in Rome in 1823 he was barely twenty-five years old. The young artist depicts himself here during one of his visits of antique ruins in the Italian landscape. His sketchbook is resting on an antique sarcophagus. He was heavily influenced by the German artist colony, the Nazarenes. The clear contours and the transparent composition refer to their artistic example. His work however represents a more accessible, picturesque form of neo-Classicism. In 1838 Van den Abeele returned to his native city of Ghent, where he taught at the academy until 1844.


Josse Sébastien Van den Abeele RKD VIAF Wikidata
Ghent 1797 - Ghent 1855
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Title Self-Portrait
Date ca. 1830
Period 19th century
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1963-A
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300124534 self-portraits AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 25G plants; vegetation Iconclass
25G11 groups of trees Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25G31 shrubs Iconclass
25H11 mountains Iconclass
25H112 rocks Iconclass
25H153 bush, shrubs ~ forest Iconclass
25I144 square, place, circus, etc. Iconclass
25I6 landscape with bridge, viaduct or aqueduct Iconclass
25I9 landscape with ruins Iconclass
31A5341 moustache Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31B6213 looking sideways Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
41D2121 coat Iconclass
44E13 aqueduct (~ water supply) Iconclass
42E33 sarcophagus Iconclass
44A31 banner, standard (as symbol of the state, etc.) Iconclass
44A311 standard-bearer, flag-bearer Iconclass
45B the soldier; the soldier's life Iconclass
45D313 private soldier Iconclass
45L43 devastated, ruined place or city (~ warfare) Iconclass
47G91 collapsing building Iconclass
48AA9831 foliage, tendrils, branches ~ ornament - AA - stylized Iconclass
48B2 artist in non-work situation Iconclass
48B3 portrait, self-portrait of artist Iconclass
48C149 ruin of a building ~ architecture Iconclass
48C513 portrait, self-portrait of painter Iconclass
48C524 drawing, sketch Iconclass
48CC51121 painter making preliminary designs, sketching - CC - out of doors Iconclass
49L6411 notebook Iconclass
61B2 historical persons Iconclass
61B2(VAN DEN ABEELE, Josse Sébastien) historical person (VAN DEN ABEELE, Josse Sébastien) Iconclass
61D(ITALY) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (ITALY) Iconclass
School / Style Neoclassical AAT
Romantic (modern European styles) AAT
Les peintres belges à Rome de 1700 à 1830 / Denis Coekelberghs, Philippe Roberts-Jones. - Rome : Institut Historique Belge de Rome, 1976 (p. 280-291, 391-393, 434)
Om en rond het neo-classicisme in België 1770-1830 (tentoonstelling Elsene, Gemeentemuseum, 14.11.1985 - 8.2.1986) / Denis Coekelberghs, Pierre Loze, Alain Jacobs, Antoine Schnapper, Barbara Issaverdens. - Brussel : Société Royale d'Archéologie de Bruxelles, 1985 ; Elsene (Brussel) : Museum van Elsene, 1985 (p. 384-387, 391-393, 434)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Robert Hoozee. - Brussel : Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, 1988 (p. 72 (ill.))
Aanwinsten : Barok tot classicisme (tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 09.03 - 09.04.1989). - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 1989 (s.p. (ill. 19))
Kunstenaarsportretten (uit Antwerpen, Brugge en Gent : tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 26 mei - 19 augustus 2007) / Dorine Cardyn-Oomen, Nanny Schrijvers, Monique Tahon-Vanroose. - Gent : Vlaamse Kunstcollectie, 2007 (p. 25, nr. 25 (ill.))
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. 46-47 (ill.))
Het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : een keuze uit de mooiste werken / Patrick De Rynck. - Gent : Ludion, 2007 (p. 58 (ill.))
Rare and Indispensable : Masterpieces from Flemish Collections (exhibition Antwerp, MAS, 31.10.2023-25.02.2024) / Thomas Leysen, Ben Van Beneden, Abigail D. Newman, Annemie de Vos, Adriaan Gonnissen. - Antwerp : MAS, 2023 ; Kontich : BAI, 2023 (p.248-249)
Zeldzaam en onmisbaar : Topstukken uit Vlaamse collecties (tentoonstelling Antwerpen, MAS, 31.10.2023-25.02.2024) / Thomas Leysen, Ben Van Beneden, Abigail D. Newman, Annemie de Vos, Adriaan Gonnissen. - Antwerpen : MAS, 2023 ; Kontich : BAI, 2023
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