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Pine-Tree near the Mediterranean Sea at Sunset, 1915

  • oil paint, panel
  • 32.5 x 41.4 cm
  • Inv. 1975-V

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In 1898, Théo Van Rysselberghe settled permanently in France. In 1903, he completed his last main work with The lecture (Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, inv. 1906-R). From 1910 until his death, he lived in seclusion in Saint-Clair. Stylistically, he evolves towards a realistic, more conventional way of working, whereby the technique of neo-impressionism fades into the background. Pine trees by the sea at sunset fit into a series that Van Rysselberghe painted on the shores of the Mediterranean. In these canvases, he often incorporates bathers, but here the landscape is central. Although in his later paintings he tended more and more towards realism in colour and technique, a particularly free technique is revived in Pine tree by the sea at sunset, in which he has exchanged pointillism for a fauve stripe brushstroke. The harmony of his neo-impressionist works is contrasted here with the bold colour scheme of the flaming sky made up of reds and oranges. The evening glow softens the hillside into a velvety purple. Particularly evocative is the shore party, in which the calm sea in gradations of blue lends strength to the brownish-red rock formations. The pine tree itself is given shape in short sweeps, in which saturated greens in the foliage and greys and browns in the trunk are used constructively. Van Rysselberghe sent the painting to a raffle in Rouen in 1916 to benefit Belgian soldiers at the front.


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Ghent 1862 - Saint-Clair (Var) 1926
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Title Pine-Tree near the Mediterranean Sea at Sunset
Date 1915
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings monogram and year bottom right: VR / 1915
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1975-V
Acquisition credit bequest
Reyers, Jules
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015636 landscapes AAT
300117546 seascapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
24A2 sunset Iconclass
25G11 groups of trees Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25G3(PINE) trees: pine Iconclass
25H112 rocks Iconclass
25H113 (high) hill Iconclass
25H131 rocky coast Iconclass
25H23 sea (seascape) Iconclass
25H2311 wave Iconclass
25H2323 gulf, bay Iconclass
46C11 road, path Iconclass
61D(FRANCE) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (FRANCE) Iconclass
School / Style Neo-Impressionist AAT
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. 64-65, cat. 11 (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. 282-283 (ill.))
Théo Van Rysselberghe : l'instant sublimé (exposition Musée de Lodève, 09.06 - 21.10.2012) / Ivonne Papin-Drastik, Nicole Tamburini, Mireille De Lassus, Aurosi Moreno. - Lodève : Musée de Lodève, 2012
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. 60, cat. 39 (ill.))
Sacrebleu : le bleu dans les arts du Moyen Âge à nos jours (exposition Arras, Musée des beaux-arts, 15.10.2016 - 06.02.2017) / Mélanie Lerat, Grégory Fenoglio, Nadège Herreman, Pascal Rideau. - Arras : Musée des beaux-arts d'Arras, 2016 (p. 96)
Schilders van de Méditerranée : La Grande Bleue (tentoonstelling Laren, Singer Museum, 12.09.2023-07.01.2024) / Fred Leeman, Anne Van Lienden, Jan Rudolph De Lorm. - Zwolle : Waanders, 2023 ; Laren : Singer Museum, 2023 (p.41)
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