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Léon Spilliaert

Spilliaert was born in Ostend, the oldest of seven children of Léonard-Hubert Spilliaert, who was a perfumer, and Léonie (née Jonckheere).[1] From childhood, he displayed an interest in art and drawing. A prolific doodler and autodidact, he was predominantly a self-taught artist. Sickly and reclusive, he spent most of his youth sketching scenes of ordinary life and the Belgian countryside. When he was 21, he went to work in Brussels for Edmond Deman, a publisher of the works of symbolist writers, which Spilliaert was to illustrate. He especially admired the work of Edgar Allan Poe.

Watercolor, gouache, pastel, and charcoal—often in combination—were the means by which he produced many of his best works, among which are a number of monochrome self-portraits executed in the early years of the twentieth century. Spilliaert's expressive use of black finds parallels in the work of Odilon Redon, who was a significant influence.[2] Frequently depicting a lone figure in a dreamlike space, Spilliaert's paintings convey a sense of melancholy and silence.

His later work shows a concentration on seascapes. He died on 23 November 1946 in Brussels.
Sailing Vessel at Sea
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The Open Door

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Dog In The Snow

Author: Léon Spilliaert

De Witte Hoeve

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Young Woman And Dog

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Self-Portrait

Author: Léon Spilliaert

The Posts

Author: Léon Spilliaert

A Forest

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Hibou

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Girls on a Dune

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Femme en Pied

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Femme nue tenant une coupe

Author: Léon Spilliaert

La Baigneuse

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Sailing Vessel at Sea

Author: Léon Spilliaert

L'élévation

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Moonlight and Light

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Self-Portrait

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Self-Portrait

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Self-Portrait

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Self-Portrait in Mirror

Author: Léon Spilliaert

The Crossing

Author: Léon Spilliaert

The Absinthe Drinker

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Les trois figures

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Vertigo

Author: Léon Spilliaert

Young Man with Red Scarf

Author: Léon Spilliaert