"Musée Wiertz" Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique Tip by LysDor


...visit museums, you probably know that there are many well known painters in Belgium. I would like to introduce a not so much known one. <BR>His name is<font color =purple> Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865)</font> who was born in Dinant. A precocious draughtsman, he was an admirer of Géricault. He was the son of a Dinan tailor who forced him to learn music, drawing and grammar from early youth. In 1820, he studied at the Antwerp Academy. He spent 1829-1832 in France, won the Prix de Rome in 1832, stayed in Italy from 1834 to 1836 at the Académie de France in Rome, where, under the direction of Horace Vernet, he copied the great Italian masters. In 1838, exhibited his Patrocles in Paris. The unfavourable critical reaction determined him not to seek French citizenship. In 1850, the Belgian government financed the construction of a studio:Musée Wiertz modelled on one of the Greek temples of Paestum.
His style shows the inspiration of Rubens along with reminiscences of medieval painters, but expresses humanitarian and even revolutionary overtones. This is combined with wild invention and a frequently erotic Symbolism.
His masterpiece is The Beautiful Rosine (Painted in 1847; Oil on canvas; 140 x 100 cm), in which a beautiful woman is placed before a skeleton. The work is halfway between traditional vanitas and Baudelairian meditation
Location of Musée Wiertz:
62 rue Vauthier 1050 Bruxelles
Tél : +32 (0)2 648.17.18.
Opening hours : from tuesday to friday, from 10h to 12h and 13h to 17h.
Also Opened two saturdays per month.

Address: Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Ville de Bruxelles
Directions: At Place Royale
Phone: +32 2 508 32 11
Website: http://www.fine-arts-museum.be/en

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2002
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