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Women portraits

Eugeen Van Mieghem ( 1875-1930), contemporains et Maîtres Anciens

ISBN: 9789085860266 (HB - E)

Saskia De Bodt, art critic and lecturer at the University of Utrecht, describes the evolution in the perception of women in the European art from the 17th century until the middle of the 20th century. In that time, there is an evolution in the way the artists portray women. Initially, women were portrayed mainly in function of religious art. When the bourgeoisie became more prosperous (17th century, Rubens and Rembrandt) portraits are made to order. And later on, the artists are socially liberated and they depict women, without glamour, in all the aspects of modern life. At the end of the 19th century, artists all over Europe search for the genuine world of rural life, under the influence of J.F. Millet. They thought that ordinary people also deserved to be depicted with dignity. Van Mieghem, on the other hand, was a son of the port - an international port - and he found his inspiration in the hustle near his house. His unique works imposingly illustrate the life of ordinary people, and therefore also of all kind of women. Erwin Joos writes about the life of Eugeen van Mieghem and situates the works of Van Mieghem that are being reproduced in the book, as well as 70 illustrations by other artists. A series of works in which Van Mieghem portrays his wife Augustine is rather important as it shows common elements/influences with/from Rembrandt and Munch. Exhibitions: 13/12/2006 - 21/1/2007: Institut néerlandais (rue de Lille, Paris) in collaboration with the Fondation Custodia, where the exposition coincides with 'Rembrandt et les femmes'(on the occasion of the 400th birthday of Rembrandt). Early July 2007 - mid September 2007: Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam. Prints by Rembrandt will be added to the Van Mieghem exhibition. Possible exhibitions in Antwerp, end 2007 - early 2008: Rockoxhuis and Museum Mayer van den Bergh.

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