Léon Spilliaert, a Troubled and Troubling Painter – the low countries

https://www.the-low-countries.com/article/l%C3%A9on-spilliaert-a-troubled-and-troubling-painter-7 I was considering writing in a little more depth about Leon Spilliaert, as I've been discovering that I have focused on his melancholy seascapes, isolating night scenes of Ostend and lonely figures, and hadn't realised that there was more to his work in terms of emotional range. What I seem to be discovering is … Continue reading Léon Spilliaert, a Troubled and Troubling Painter – the low countries

Op reis met Vlaamse meesters: Leon Spilliaert en het mysterieuze spel van licht en duisternis op de Zeedijk van Oostende | VRT NWS

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2018/10/25/hoe-s-nachts-licht-en-duisternis-een-spel-spelen-op-de-zeedijk/ No, I don't speak Dutch, sadly, but thanks to translation software, an excellent piece on the melancholic Leon Spilliaert and this divine painting, The Night.

Leon Spilliaert and the Beauty of Nothingness

Femme nue tenant une coupe, 1910 My love for Leon Spilliaert keeps growing and this painting reminded me of one of my favourite passages from Virginia Woolf's The Waves: Alone, I often fall down into nothingness. I must push my foot stealthily lest I should fall off the edge of the world into nothingness. I … Continue reading Leon Spilliaert and the Beauty of Nothingness

More on Leon Spilliaert

There are some artists that I just connect with and Belgian artist Leon Spilliaert is one of them.  Found this chilling little film that beautifully captured the melancholy stillness of his work, particularly the landscapes. https://youtu.be/iNt1jtm2Pm8 A small selection:  And an excellent article from Apollo magazine  http://www.apollo-magazine.com/in-search-of-leon-spilliaert-in-ostend/

Haunting Symbolism:Leon Spilliaert

Just discovered this Belgian artist who combined the worlds of symbolism and expressionism in an oeuvre filled with melancholy, haunting landscapes and solitary figures. These two are quite beautiful and might just persuade me to put Brussels on my list for this year where most of his works are held. This man is worth getting … Continue reading Haunting Symbolism:Leon Spilliaert