Léon Spilliaert: from the depths of the soul



ISBN: 9789491819902 Category:

Anne Adriaens-Pannier


The first publication in English of the ultimate monograph on painter Léon Spilliaert.

Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946) was one of the most important Flemish Symbolist painters. Although he was embedded in the Symbolist tradition, he was also drawn to the avant-garde. He was, in fact, an einzelgänger, or loner, balancing on the fault line between two centuries, a transitional figure between Symbolism and Surrealism. Spilliaert, like James Ensor, was born and raised in Ostend. And like Ensor, he was also driven by ridicule and irony, non-conformism and the urge to look at the world from a different perspective. He created his own spiritual imagery, experimented with pastel and gouache, and played with purified areas of colour and graceful lines. The sea under a cool moon, lonely figures with a vacant gaze, desolate beaches, empty rooms and stylised silhouettes in backlight: Spilliaert was always able to evoke an atmosphere of mystery, magic and alienation in abstract lines and colours.

This revised, English-language version of the ultimate Spilliaert book will be published to coincide with the major Spilliaert exhibition at the Royal Academy in London this autumn.

Additional information

Weight 2221 g
Dimensions 24.9 x 29 cm
Publisher name Ludion
Publication date 1 July 2019
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.9 x 29 cm
Weight 2221 g


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