Few art lovers are unfamiliar with the imagery of the Flemish Expressionist Constant Permeke. His monumental fishermen and farming figures, his cosmic landscapes and seascapes are part of Belgiums modern cultural heritage. But Permeke was a universal artist painter, draughtsman and sculptor and his oeuvre chimed with European avant-garde movements just before, during and after the First World War.
Sixty years after the artists death his many works are being examined from a new perspective. This overview of the life and work of Constant Permeke is set against the background of the world he lived in and of a particularly turbulent era.
Willy Van den Bussche is honorary Chief Curator of the PMMK (Mu.ZEE) in Ostend and the Provincial Museum Constant Permeke in Jabbeke. He was also the initiator of Belgiums triennial Beaufort art exhibition.
Accompanies the exhibition Constant Permeke. Retrospective at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels
(11 October 2012 20 January 2013)