Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters

Auction 176 - 26 september 2020

Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters Lot 147

Léon Spilliaert (Belgium / 1881 - 1946)
Figure in the dunes and boats (1927)


€ 24 000 - 32 000

"Hommage à Léon Spilliaert" Christian Fayt Art Gal., Paris 1981, cat. nr. 45 reprod.
"Léon Spilliaert of de schoonheid van een wijs hart" Anne Adriaens-Pannier/Ronny Van de Velde, Pandora 1998, nr. 132 reprod.
To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné by Mrs. Anne Adriaens-Pannier

Spilliaert's walks took him beside the sea and across the beach, but his favourite pastime was to stroll through the dunes. Sometimes there is barely any discernable difference between the sandy hillocks and the view of the sea. The banks become a foreground motif, while the sea and sky fill the background. Here, the two areas possess an equivalent formal arrangement. When he is not bathing the dunes in a golden evening sunlight, Spilliaert opts for a more realistic allusion to colour and treats their undulations like waves on the water. In a limited series, he depicts the landscape as a light-coloured sandy desert punctuated here and there with clumps of marram grass. The different focal depths are bordered by diagonal lines and, high above the horizon, white cloudscapes are suspended in the sky. Unusually, the terrain is populated by a female apparition. Compositions like this recall an early treatment of the theme, although there is a gap of some twenty years.
("Spilliaert: from the Depths of the Soul" Anne Adriaens-Pannier, Ludion, Brussels 2006, p. 169)

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