Leon Spilliaert: From the Depths of the Soul by Anne Adriaens-Pannier / ISBN 9789491819902 / 336-page hardcover, 10 x 11.5 inches, illustrated throughout / English edition published by Ludion (Belgium)
The ultimate monograph on painter Léon Spilliaert
Rooted in the Symbolist tradition of the fin-de-siècle and drawn to the avant-garde, Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946), was a loner who never occupied a clear place in the art of his time. He shared not only his home port of Ostend with James Ensor, but also his sense of mockery and irony, non-conformity and an urge to view the world differently. Spilliaert, however, created a spiritual visual language of his own, experimenting with pastels and gouache, playing with purified expanses of color and elegant lines. The moonlit sea, solitary, vacantly gazing figures, beaches stripped of all human presence, empty rooms and stylized, backlit silhouettes - Spilliaert invariably evoked an atmosphere of mystery, magic and alienation in line and color.
Anne Adriaens-Pannier, former curator at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels, has been working on the catalog raisonné of his oeuvre since 1995 at the Spilliaert family's request. She pays tribute to the artist with this beautifully illustrated book, in which she describes his drawings and paintings, as well as referring to his book illustrations and lithographs. The author presents Spilliaert as a link between the major art movements in the fascinating era in which he lived and worked. A unique book about an exceptional artist.