I’ve been meaning to write about my visit to the Rik Wouters exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts (Brussels), after a few attempts at writing and deleting every single word again, I’ll make another attempt.
So a while ago, about two months, I set foot in the Museum of Fine Arts Brussels again. Ever since the museum announced the exhibition of ‘A retrospective Rik Wouters’ I got excited. I’d seen his work several times in books, but I have never seen so many of his pieces in one place. I might have encountered one or two during my visits to grand collections, but I don’t recall any details of which ones.
Rik Wouters was a Belgian artist born in Mechelen, he lived his life at the end of the nineteeth century. A prominent figure throughout his life was his girlfriend and later to be wife, Nel. They met when he started at the academy of Brussels. The first art movement that comes to mind when seeing Rik Wouters his work is Fauvism. There probably is so much more to say, but I haven’t had much time to immerse myself into his life. When I visit an exhibition I try to understand the life of the painter, but this happens until a certain extent. I can’t keep myself from doing the very thing why you set in the museum in the first place, admire the pieces. Afterwards I didn’t find the time to immerse myself any further, so here we are.
This museumvisit helped me appreciate Rik Wouters his work even more. The exhibition floor is very simple, very spacious, every work has enough space to breath and your eyes have enough time to admire it.
What I love about a retrospective exhibition is that you get the whole package of the artist. It represents every phase he had in his career, every step he has made. I was thinking about what the things are that fascinate me the most in Rik Wouters his work. The first and most obvious thing that I am going to name is colour. I absolutely adore his talent for colour use. Every colour placed on the canvas corresponds so well with the others. What I noticed whilst walking around is that Wouters never completely fills his canvas with paint if that makes sense. There’s so much space to let your eyes rest and yet everything feels like a whole piece.
I can continue to write about this, but I’ll leave it at this. There’s still a month to visit this exhibition, so head on over there! (It’s only €2 for -26) Here’s all the information you need.