The self-taught painter’s eerie landscapes and brooding self-portraits were inspired by Nietzsche and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as by long night-time walks along the Belgian coast. This first UK survey places these early representations of solitude alongside Spilliaert’s later, more tranquil nature studies. Find out more from the Royal Academy’s website.
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Self-portrait (1907), Léon Spilliaert. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource/Scala, Florence
A Gust of Wind (1904), Léon Spilliaert. Photo: Hugo Maertens; © www.lukasweb.be – Art in Flanders VZW
Woman at the Shoreline (1910), Léon Spilliaert. Photo: © Cedric Verhelst
The Absinthe Drinker (1907), Léon Spilliaert. Photo: © Studio Philippe de Formanoir
Beech Trunks. Shadows (1945), Léon Spilliaert. Photo: © Cedric Verhelst