Schaarbeek 1865-1916 Ukkel
Mixed technique on board
44 x 33 cm.
Signed and dated: upper right with monogram and dated '1904'
Provenance: Galerie George Giroux, Brussels, no. 380, lot no. 293; Galerie George Giroux, Brussels, no. 293, lot no. 38; Auct. De Vuyst, 04 March 2000, lot 452; Private collection, The Netherlands.
Literature: R. Cardon, Georges Lemmen, 1865-1916, Monographie générale suivie du Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé, Antwerp, 1990, p. 475 (ill.).
Like many of Lemmen's work, after some time this was used to design a poster, in this case a poster for the "Libre Esthetique" exhibition in 1914 at Bruxelles. It was the first exhibition in which the Brabantine fauvists like Jean Brusselmans, Philibert Cockx, Anne-Pierre de Kat, Medard Maertens a.o. were admitted.
Will be included in the catalogue raisonné, currently in preparation by ‘The Belgian Art Institute’. This bather was used as poster for the exhibition of ‘Libre Esthétique’ in 1914 in Brussel. At the beginning of his career, Lemmen was influenced by Degas and Toulouse Lautrec. He particularly depicted subjects from the modern daily life. In 1888, Lemmen became a member of the artistassociation Les Vingt (Les XX), where he became acquainted with the colortheory of Seurat. He started to paint pointillist and made wonderful portraits. However, Lemmen was too much of a painter to keep working in this style and after 1900 he found a freer style with loose brushstrokes and rich colors.