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Theo Rysselberghe
 
 
 
 
Théo Van Rysselberghe, in full Théophile Van Rysselberghe (born Nov. 23, 1862, Ghent, Belg.—died Dec. 13, 1926, Saint-Clair, Manche, France), Belgian painter, sculptor, and designer who, together with Henry van de Velde, headed the large rank of Belgian artists that adhered to Neo-Impressionism.
 
Van Rysselberghe studied in Ghent and Brussels, and he was among the founders of both the Twenty (Les XX) and the Free Aesthetics (La Libre Esthétique), the two major associations of Belgian artists at the turn of the 20th century. He was influenced by the work of Georges Seurat—particularly his Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte (1884–86), which he saw in 1886. Van Rysselberghe’s was a Neo-Impressionism of strictly objective foundations, characterized by a faithful reconstruction in terms of light and optics of the environmental reality (as in La Pointe Perkiridec Near Roscoff in Brittany, 1889). Perhaps his greatest contribution to the style was a series of portraits (such as Madame Charles Maus, 1890) and group portraits in interior as well as outdoor settings (Family in the Orchard, 1890), unique among the Neo-Impressionists. These he painted in accordance with a Symbolist and pantheistic iconography embraced by the nascent Art Nouveau movement.

During the final decade of the 19th century, Van Rysselberghe increasingly devoted his time and energies to work in the decorative arts and graphics. After the turn of the century, the artist’s style evolved away from pointillism, which he eventually gave up.

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Theo van Rysselberghe, self portrait
 
 
 
 

Jeanne and Marguerite Schlobach
 
 
 
 

Portrait of Marguerite van Mons
 
 
 
 

Four bathers
 
 
 
 

Magnolias (1910), one of his rare flower compositions; private collection
 
 
 
 

Lady in White - Portrait of Mrs. Théo van Rysselberghe
 
 
 
 

Madame Theo van Rysselberghe and Her Daughter
 
 
 
 

Anna Boch in her Atelier
 
 
 
 

Four Breakwaters
 
 
 
 

The poet Emile Verhaeren walking on the beach
 
 
 
 

Portrait of the poet Emile Verhaeren
 
 
 
 

Exhibition poster for La Libre Esthétique
 
 
 
 

The Reading
 
 
 
 

The Burnished Hour
 
 
 
 

Femme au Peignoir rose
 
 
 
 

Hombre al Timón
 
 
 
 

Sailboats and Estuary
 
 
 
 

Portrait of Maria
 
 
 
 

Portrait of Helene and Michette Guinotte
 
 
 
 

Family in the Orchard
 
 
 
 

La passeggiata
 
 
 
 

Alice Sèthe (1888)
 
 
 
 

Il Mediterraneo al Lavandou
 
 
 
 

Sitzender Akt
 
 
 
 

Les Trois Sœurs Braun
 
 
 
 

Springbrunnen im Park Sanssouci in Potsdam, 1903
 
 
 
 

Portrait of Madame Charles Maus
 
 
 

 
 
 
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