Constant Permeke was a Flemish artist, who is considered to be the leading figure of Flemish expressionism. The last major retrospective dedicated to him took place in The Hague in 2004. This autumn, BOZAR in Brussels pays tribute to this distinctive artist.
Born in Antwerp in 1886, Permeke became mostly known for his landscape painting, depicting seas and lands, and hard- working people. Hence, fishermen, peasants and farmers often constitute the main subject of his painting, painting that is full of empathy and understanding, and that draws an invisible line that connects human and nature, emphasizing their unique and intimate bond.
Comprising 130 works (paintings, drawings, and sculptures) the exposition focuses mainly on universal character of Permake’s art. It presents his key works that unveil every aspect of his art, including paintings of the aforementioned landscapes and working people, as well as female nudes and numerous sculptures. What is more, landscape paintings by Thierry De Cordier and nudes by Marlene Dumas, are presented to emphasize and underline Permeke’s contemporary influence and significance.
The exposition lasts until January 20, 2013.