Without doubt, Gustave van de Woestyne (18811947) is one of the most important figures in Belgian art.
In 1900, Gustave van de Woestyne and his brother Karel, a poet and art critic, moved to the town of Sint-Martens-Latem. Along with Vamerius de Saedeleer, Albijn Van den Abelle and George Minne, they formed the “first group of Latem artists”. It was within this circle that Gustave Van de Woestyne began working as an artist. He became interested in rural life, far from industrialised society, and in contemplation and devotion, as developed an admiration for Flemish and Italian primitives. During this period, he painted landscapes, Biblical scenes and portraits of rural figures, as well as family and friends.
In 1909, Gustave van de Woestyne left Sint-Martens-Latem and became a sought-after portraitist.
After his return from England in 1919, where he had lived during the First World War, his work evolved towards a form of personal expressionism, in which synthetism and distorted figures never result in a simplification of the subject.
The volume was designed as a monograph, and is the first significant work devoted entirely to the artist.
This catalogue accompanies a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent from 26 March to 27 June 2010.