In May when I was in Ghent, Jonas and I visited the Museum voor Schone Kunsten (The Museum of Fine Arts). It’s one of the regular things we do together when I’m there. We go on Sunday mornings, as it is free for residents of Ghent. For some reason they also let me in for free this time, which was a nice surprise (especially since I would have had to pay more than usual in order to visit the special exhibition). But enough about me.
the artist in her studio
The special exhibition was called MODERNISM: BELGIAN ABSTRACT ART AND EUROPE (1912-1930). I could do without a lot of modernism, though there are also some modernist artists I completely adore. In this exhibition, the standout for me was Marthe Donas. I had never heard of her before, and her work isn’t something I would ever be interested in producing myself, but there’s a lot I can learn from her in terms of technique and vision. Though her work changed quite a lot during her lifetime (1885-1967) and much of what I’ve seen doesn’t seem particularly special, these portrait drawings are unique and intriguing.
child with flowers
woman with hat
Have you seen anything like these before? I haven’t.