Special share of Valerius De Saedeleer
The De Saedeleer share in the bequest stands out, with no fewer than 11 paintings by this artist. These are works that were often only known through black-and-white images until now... Absolute masterpieces are End of a Beautiful Day (1905), Farmhouse in the Snow (1907), Winter Landscape in Wales (ca. 1916) and Small Village under the Snow (1933).
Added to the works of De Saedeleer already present in the museum collection, the MSK can now closely follow the evolution of the artist, from his period in Sint-Martens-Latem and Tiegem before the First World War, and Wales during the war, to Etikhove where the artist lived from 1921 until his death. His friend De Blieck lived about twenty kilometres away in Geraardsbergen, right across the Flemish Ardennes.
Sculpture by George Minne
Aside from De Saedeleer, Minne is also well represented in the bequest. Although the MSK already possessed the most extensive museum collection of sculptures and drawings by Minne, the bequest is also a wonderful acquisition here. It is now possible to show versions of certain images in different materials, ranging from bronze and wood to marble and granite. In this way, we can illustrate Minne's metholdoly and the processing of one image in various media.