The Cloud by Léon Spilliaert - c. 1902-1903 private collection The Cloud by Léon Spilliaert - c. 1902-1903 private collection

The Cloud

  • Léon Spilliaert - July 28, 1881 - November 23, 1946 Léon Spilliaert c. 1902-1903

The Cloud was painted in a very intense period marked by a great surge in the Spilliaert's talent. The female image was the major theme of young Spilliaert’s work at the beginning of the 20th century, less for its subject as such than for a point of departure for his transformation of reality. A few months prior to working on The Cloud, Spilliaert was exposed to new artistic trends at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, notably the use of pure colors. Without negating his affinity for Symbolism and Art Nouveau, however, Spilliaert chose to represent evocations of the twilight of the times. This major work definitely epitomizes Symbolism while simultaneously approaching Expressionism. Spilliaert’s well-known works dating between 1907 and 1910 will progressively move away from the symbolist-expressionist ideal, with the exception of his Ostend seascapes, which remained under the Symbolist landscape influence of the 1890s.

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