Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fables du paysage Flamand

Rather a change as this is a review of an exhibition held at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Lille.   We went there by Eurostar which took around 1 1/2 hours there and near 2 hours back as there was a delay on the way.   The exhibition covered the period of such well-known artists as Bosch and Bruegel as well as others less well know such as Mandyn and Brel which extended our visual knowledge of the period.
The exhibition was set out in a series of themed sections which did allow for comparing the work of the
artists with their contemporaries with a number of them using the Temptation of Saint Anthony as the
theme with one section almost completely devoted to depictions of the Tower of Babel.   The wealth of the pictures did leave me wishing it were nearer at home as it would have taken more than one visit to
appreciate all the works fully.   However, the overall impression was one of delight that the journey had been more than worthwhile in providing an excellent cross-section of the period of Flemish art after that of the great originators Van Eyck, Campin et al.   The catalogue provides a first-rate coverage of the exhibition though, perhaps unfortunately, only in French.

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