Constantin Meunier, The Foundry of Seraing, 1880
On 20 September 2014, a large retrospective exhibition of realist work by the 19th century realist Belgian painter and sculptor Constantin Meunier (1831-1905) opened its doors. The exhibition is first complete overview of the artist’s career since the retrospective exhibition in Leuven in 1909, and will run until January 11th 2015.
Meunier, a native of Etterbeek in Brussels, is known internationally for the industrial labourers, dock and mine workers that he introduced into the visual arts as icons of modernity. His view of mankind and the world is engaged and full of compassion, and inextricably bound up with the industrial, social and political developments that took place in Belgium at the end of the 19th century.
Nevertheless, this exhibition aims to provide a varied overview of the complete work of the artist. For this reason, special attention will be paid to the paintings from the first decades of his career which, to date, have hardly been studied: historical tableaux, civil portraits and religious scenes. As no other the oeuvre of Constantin Meunier is reflecting the main movements and developments in Belgian art from the second half of the 19th Century. Alongside a representative selection of paintings and bronzes, a captivating selection of works on paper and documents are shown.
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