Brussels, 18 February 2014
ING Belgium presents at the ING Cultural Centre, located Place Royale 6, 1000 Brussels, the exhibition “TO THE POINT - The Neo-Impressionist portrait, 1886-1904”.
This exhibition, entirely devoted to the pointillist portrait, is a first. It is organised by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The Brussels presentation is realised in collaboration with ING.
Originating in Paris, and a real turning point in the history of painting at the end of the 19th century, the Neo-Impressionist movement developed in a unique way in Brussels.
In 1886, Georges Seurat exhibited his painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" in Paris. Noticing the modernity of this masterpiece, his Belgian contemporaries invited Seurat to exhibit the work the following year at the Salon des XX. The work inspired both the artists of this Brussels circle and artists invited from other European countries. The revolutionary theory of Neo-Impressionism was welcomed enthusiastically in Brussels, which rapidly became a platform for the exchange of progressive ideas.
The Neo-Impressionist movement revolved around two axes. The French school, with protagonists as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Lucien Pissarro, Maximilien Luce, Henri Delavallée, Henri-Edmond Cross and Achille Laugé, used this technique in its search into light and colour, recomposed by the eye through juxtaposed points of pure colour. In terms of the portrait, the French school conveyed the idea of the effigy portrait, with its neutrality and precise objectivity.
Belgian artists however, in particular Henry Van de Velde, Georges Lemmen, George Morren, Théo Van Rysselberghe and William Jelley, demonstrated that this divisionist colour technique could be perfectly applied for creating intimate and psychological portraits, with great depth and meticulousness in their use of light.
Figures from Brussels' intellectual and industrial circles had their portraits painted by the Neo-Impressionist artists, who were themselves invited to participate in literary circles, concerts and other artistic spectacles. Neo-Impressionist ideas thus fuelled all these forms of cultural expression.
The TO THE POINT exhibition definitively demonstrates that, during this short period of time, new methods and theories were introduced that contributed substantially to the spread of modernism in Europe and made Neo-Impressionism a vital precursor to the art of the 20th century.
This exhibition is organised by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The Brussels presentation is realised in collaboration with ING.
To the Point
|Face to Face
The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886-1904
15.06.2014 - 07.09.2014
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Dr. Jane Block, Professor, University of Illinois
Ellen W. Lee, The Wood-Pulliam Senior Curator, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Administration Indianapolis Museum of Art
Dr Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO
Borys Delobbe, PhD candidate in History of Art, UCL
Patricia De Peuter, Senior Art Advisor, Head of Art Management ING Belgium
Open from 19 February to 18 May 2014
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, including public holidays. Late night opening until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
ING Cultural Centre
Mont des Arts, Place Royale 6
Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m., at the ING Cultural Centre.
Reservation mandatory via: ing.be/art > Ticket Online.
Free entrance on presentation of the entry ticket to the exhibition.
Borys Delobbe, PhD candidate in Art History, UCL
William Jelley, redécouverte d’un artiste oublié (in French)
Roland Van Der Hoeven, Research Unit Music, Cinema and Performing Arts, ULB
Points et contrepoints… la vie musicale bruxelloise de Wagner à Debussy (1880-1914) (in French)
Marc Quaghebeur, Directeur of the Archives and Museum of Literature, Brussels
Le rôle d’Emile Verhaeren dans le mouvement des XX et les pointillistes (in French)
Suzanne Veldink, Project Officer, Museum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo
«Les XX», Henry Van de Velde en het pointillisme vertegenwoordigd in de Helen Kröller-Müller collectie (in Dutch)
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