Publication year: 2020
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: London : Royal Academy of Arts, 
ISBN: 9781912520220 (hbk.) : 35.00
Published to accompany an exhibition of the same name held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 23rd February-25th May, 2020 ; Musee d'Orsay, Paris, 15th June-13th September, 2020.
Although often associated with the key figures of Belgian Symbolism, Lon Spilliaert in fact demonstrated a peculiarly individual style. Born in Ostend, he worked there for most of his career. An introvert and insomniac who suffered from poor health as a young man, Spilliaert wandered the night-time streets of the North Sea resort, creating mysterious and highly atmospheric depictions of its dark docks, beaches and promenades. Almost entirely self-taught, he drew influence from such painters as Odilon Redon and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, as well as the writers Edgar Allan Poe and Friedrich Nietzsche. This book brings together over a hundred works from international collections, including a series of haunting self-portraits that Spilliaert created in his twenties.
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174 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 30 cm
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