27/01/2023 - 29/05/2023

From the 27th of January, the Fondation de l’Hermitage will display no less than six works from our collection as part of their new exhibition Léon Spilliaert. Avec la Mer du Nord … As the title already mentions, this retrospective focuses entirely on the Ostend-born self-taught painter and graphic artist. Moreover, the exhibition focuses on one of Spilliaert’s main subjects: the North Sea.

Spilliaert was a contemporary of James Ensor and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. During the late 19th century and early 20th century, he painted self-portraits as well as scenes of everyday life, which are now considered among his most important works. With his singular approach to color, Spilliaert stood out amongst his Belgian contemporaries, expressing his inner torments through visions haunted by the spectre of dread and death.

Léon Spilliaert, Self-Portrait, c.1906

Discover more about the fascinating life and work of Léon Spilliaert at the Fondation de l’Hermitage. Info and tickets on the museum website!