Henri Evenepoel – A journey to Algeria
MUSEUMS OF FINE ARTS OF BELGIUM
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Henri-Jacques-Edouard Evenepoel was a Belgian artist whose most important works are associated with Fauvism. Evenepoel first studied art in Brussels at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts between 1889 and 1890 and entered Paris’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1892. Evenepoel entered the atelier of Gustave Moreau in 1893, which put him in contact with Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault, Albert Marquet, Edgar Maxence, Charles Milcendeau, and Léon Printemps.
Though his early scenes had a rather somber palette, the paintings he produced while in Algeria (where he stayed due to heath reasons) were very different in style, anticipating the bold colors of Fauvism.
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium hold sixteen paintings. Over thirty drawings, a sketchbook and some prints from the artist, and -on this temporary exhibition-, a selection of artworks that the Belgian painter executed in Algeria is presented.
Like throughout his whole oeuvre, in the works from his Algerian period, we can grasp his taste for direct, realistic observation, balanced by a keen interest in original compositions. His tenderness for people and his concern for the most fleeting aspects of life.
He was fascinated by the diversity of popular types, and for this reason, he dedicated almost his entire practice to his favourite theme, the portrait, in which he could use his powers of observation and his acute psychological perception.
However, while in Algeria, he found some difficulties in portraying people, since Algerians often refused to be portrayed, due to religious reasons.
Therefor he found himself using his camera frequently, and then used his photographs as models for his paintings.
An example of this practice can be found in the first large canvas “Orange Market in Blida”, that he created in Algeria. Before painting the scene, in fact, Evenepoel took several pictures at the market and then transformed them into a painting. This artwork is distinguished by its warmer colours, the clearer design of the figures and the simplification of the layout as well as the economy of chromatic chords.
Evenepoel died at the age of twenty-seven and left a work of an already remarkable quality. His taste for direct observation is nuanced by a keen interest in new modes of composition (inspired notably through photography).
The exhibition in the Fin-de-Siècle Museum, “A journey to Algeria” allows its visitors to admire the painter’s works that, though created during a difficult period of his life, show an incredible quality and a development in the style of the artist.
The exhibition can be visited in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, until June, 12th.
More info can be found here : https://www.fine-arts-museum.be/en/exhibitions/henri-evenepoel-1