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