Basile de Loose - 24 February until 2 April 2016


Basile de Loose - Works of art from the Rademakers Collection
Opening of the exhibition on Sunday 28 February at 11 AM.
With an introductory speech by Mr Patrick Poppe,
Mayor of Zele

"The Romantic artists tried to communicate a new feeling. Their work was a part of the revolution of consciousness. As such, their work was truly innovative. The Romantic masters painted illusions: idealisms of nature or idealisms of domestic life. They interpreted reality. They knowingly and willingly lied. They created breathtaking fairy tales, in the knowledge that only illusions can make our existence truly bearable."
                                                               Jef Rademakers

The most striking element in Romanticism is the role of emotion. The grand characters of heroes and rulers were far removed from everyday life. For the Romantic artists the simple human happiness and the lesser sorrows were much more attractive, because understandable to everyone. Thus the common man and his life we more present in art than ever before.

Many scenes of domestic bliss were painted in the first half of the nineteenth century, of which the work of Basile De Loose from the Rademakers Collection are perfect examples. They often they demonstrate the interior – exterior contrast and the scenery is set, for example, in a house or in a walled garden. Thus the artist highlights the safety of the internal world, its protection against the unknown outside world.
Basile De Loose created his own variant of romantic genre painting linked with German and Austrian Biedermeier tradition. Because of their humour and technical virtuosity his works transcend those of his contemporaries.

Born in 1809 in Zele, he  starts his artistic education under the tutorship of his father Jan-Jozef De Loose and continues his studies in Antwerp and Paris and then resides in Brussels in 1835. During a long  a long study by Germany he meets landscape painter Willem Bodeman, and Barend Cornelis Koekkoek and Frederick William Kruseman. In 1838 he has a tremendous success when he exhibits his "Village Feast".
De Loose chose as his themes highlights in life such as birth, first steps, marriage, as well as everyday events and incidents as music lessons, arguing card players and waffle baking. But he also shows himself as an extraordinary portrait painter.

This exhibition consists of thirteen paintings by Basile de Loose and two of his contemporary David De Noter who was famous for his flamboyant still lifes. His virtuosity is demonstrated in the little gem from 1847, "Ornate still life".

The Rademakers Collection

All paintings are part of the extraordinary Rademakers Collection, which is not only of high artistic quality, but also the perfect sampler of Romantic painting in the Low Countries.
The collection’s center of gravity lies in the period 1840-1855 and includes seascapes, cityscapes, flowers and other still lifes, portraits and genre paintings. The core is formed by a number of sublime landscapes including works by B.C. Koekkoek, Andreas Schelfhout and J.B. Klombeck. Another important axis is set by paintings by Flemish masters such as Basile de Loose, Jules Victor Genisson, François Bossuet and Henri Van Assche.

Mr. and Mrs. Jef Rademakers, unequivocally strive to reassess and promote Romantic painting.
In 2010, the exhibition of the Rademakers collection at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg saw 100.000 visitors in three months’ time. For the Dutch and Belgian Romantic painters the exhibition - in rooms next to the works of Picasso and upper halls with Rembrandt and Rubens – marked an international breakthrough. The Dutch and Belgian Romantic artists usually stand in the shadow of the works of the great masters of Dutch Golden Age and Vincent van Gogh from the late 19th century. Never before Romantic painting from the Low Countries was displayed in such a prominent location.

Paintings from the Rademakers Collection next also travelled to the main museums in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Czech Republic, and were featured in the famous Tretjakov Museum in Moscow.

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