Description & Technical information

Jean Brusselmans stands out among expressionists by virtue of the tight, constructive composition of his works. Equally, they have a penetratingly concrete character achieved by clear strokes and delineation. His unique, self-confident and consistent approach never tails off into illusion or abstraction. Perhaps less emphatically than for his landscapes, this also holds for his figure studies. Here, sections of shadow and light give rise to a near-decorative scheme with mutually compensating black and colored planes. The personality of the woman ‘disappears’ in the composition’s intentional planarity. The clothing as well as the filled basket and clogs are still recognizable, but for the painter they serve purely as pretext. He searches for the typical, he searches for new significant symbols. In a time when sentimental ‘animism’ enjoyed its heyday, the hard tone of his oeuvre interpreted his free, independent position. No wonder that Brusselmans had a great influence upon young Belgian painters, for he is one of the few who had drawn useful conclusions from pre-1940’s ‘isms’.

Date:  1948
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Belgium
Medium: watercolor on paper
Signature: Signed and dated Jean Brusselmans 1948 bottom left.

Dimensions: 61 x 45.3 cm (24 x 17⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: Auction Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, March 1964
Collection J. Komkommer, 's Gravenwezel

Literature: Robert-L. Delevoy, Jean Brusselmans, Catalogue raisonné établi par G. Brys-Schatan, Bruxelles : Laconti, 1972, cat.446 a, ill.
Ronny Van de Velde, the Mind of the Artist, Knokke, 2013, 75
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints