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Still Life with a Globe

  • gouache, oil paint, paper, Japanese paper, cardboard
  • 560 x 775 mm
  • Inv. 2004-H

Public Domain

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During the 1920s, Gustave Van de Woestyne transformed the influences of cubism and expressionism into a personal compromise. The artist’s style is determined by an explicit desire for synthesis whereby forms are strictly simplified without a fear of deformation. As a consequence, his work from the post war period is often associated with the neo-realism of the Neue Sachlichkeit in Germany. However, his work retained a certain meditative character, full of symbolism and wonder, even betraying, around 1930, certain surrealist intentions. In the paintings depicted here, Van de Woestyne brings together several elements from everyday civilian existence. He uses the gouache technique, which modernist artists of the 1920s tended to favour. Like 'Still life with Cineraria' (inv. 2004-H), 'Still Life with a Globe' was created in the early 1920s. Both can be situated in the context of the Sélection movement and the activities of the Le Centaure gallery in Brussels, already represented in the collection of the museum by gouaches by Frits van Van den Berghe and Ossip Zadkine. Van de Woestyne's gouaches used to belong to the De Sutter collection, an important patron of the artist.


Gustave Van de Woestyne RKD VIAF Wikidata
Ghent 1881 - Uccle 1947
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Title Still Life with a Globe
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right: GVE VAN DE WOESTYNE
Collection print room
Object type gouache AAT
oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 2004-H
Acquisition credit purchase
van de Woestijne, Odile
Current whereabouts Work on loan
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015638 still lifes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 22C light Iconclass
22C2 artificial light Iconclass
22C8 shadow Iconclass
25A13 globe Iconclass
25G41 flowers Iconclass
41A671 still life of plants, flowers and fruit Iconclass
41A711 table Iconclass
41A721 chairs (furniture forms) Iconclass
41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase Iconclass
41A7751 container made of plant material other than wood: basket Iconclass
41E still life of miscellaneous objects Iconclass
School / Style Modernist AAT
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. 118)
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. 63)
Rose, Rose, Rose à mes yeux : James Ensor en het stilleven in België (1830-1930) (tentoonstelling Oostende, Mu.Zee, 16.12.2023 - 14.04.2024) / Bart Verschaffel, Sabine Taevernier, Stefan Huygebaert, Gregory Boite. - Brussel : Mercatorfonds, 2023 (p.54)
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