Lot 66
  • 66

Henri Evenepoel

Estimate
600,000 - 800,000 GBP
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Description

  • Henri Evenepoel
  • CHARLES AU JERSEY RAYÉ
  • signed H. Evenepoel (lower left)
  • oil on canvas
  • 73 by 50cm.
  • 28 3/4 by 19 5/8 in.

Provenance

Louise van Mattemburgh, Brussels
Galerie Giroux, Brussels
Charles De Mey, Brussels
Roland Leten, Gent (1960)
Henri & Pierre Leten, Gent
Artemis
Whitford and Hughes, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in the late 1980s

Exhibited

Brussels, Cercle Artistique et Littéraire, Henri Huklenbrok, Henri Evenepoel, 1899, no. 26, 27 or 28 (titled Charles)
Brussels, Musée Moderne, Exposition des peintres et sculpteurs de l'enfant, 1905, no. 54 (titled Garçonnet au jersey rayé)
Brussels, Galerie Georges Giroux, Exposition H. Evenepoel, 1913, no. 116, (titled Charles, jersey)
Brussels, Cercle Artistique et Littéraire, Exposition d'oeuvres de Henri Evenepoel, 1923-24, no. 49
Brussels, Galerie Georges Giroux, Henri Evenepoel, 1932, no. 154
Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, L'Art Contemporain, 1935, no. 150
Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Les Compagnons de l'Art, 1938, no. 65, illustrated in the catalogue
Brussels, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Henri Evenepoel, 1942-43, no. 73
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum; Bern, Kunsthalle & Paris, Musée de l'Orangerie, Sept peintres belges, 1945-46, no. 39 (no. 37 in Paris)
Charleroi, Salle de la Bourse, Cercle Artistique et Littéraire, XXIIe Salon, 1948, no. 40
Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Schilderijen uit Gentse verzamelingen, 1953, no. 81
Antwerp, Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts, Evenepoel, 1953, no. 116, illustrated in the catalogue
Antwerp, Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts, L'Art Contemporain, 1955, no. 36
Munich, Haus der Kunst & Bremen, Kunshalle, Ausstellung Hundert Jahre Belgische Kunst, 1959, no. 12
Laren, Singer Museum, Vlaamse Schilderkunst 1850-1950, 1960, no. 31, illustrated in the catalogue
Paris, Musée de l'Orangerie, L'Art flamand d'Ensor à Permeke, 1970, no. 98, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
London, Royal Academy of Art, Ensor to Permeke, 1971, no. 164
Antwerp, Galerie Campo, 80ième anniversaire Campo, 1977, no. 86, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, L'Art en Belgique 1880-1950, 1978, no. 57, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Brussels, CGER, Kunst & Camera. Art & Photographie, 1980-81, no. 30, illustrated in the catalogue
London, Whitford & Hughes, Belgian Paintings 1880-1930, 1990, no. 5, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Brussels, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Henri Evenepoel, 1994, no. 300, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
New York, Bern' Art, Belgian Paintings, 1998, illustrated in colour in the catalogue and illustrated in colour on the cover

Literature

Richard Muther, La Peinture belge au XIXe siècle, Brussels, 1904, illustrated p. 62 (titled Portrait d'un petit garçon)
Paul Colin, La Peinture belge depuis 1830, Brussels, 1930, p. 330
Luc & Paul Haesaerts, Flandre, Paris, 1931, detail illustrated p. 442 (titled Le petit Charles)
Luc & Paul Haesaerts, Henri Evenepoel, Brussels, 1932, illustrated pl. 14
Paul Haesaerts, Les Dessins d'Evenepoel, Brussels, 1943, pl. 34, illustrated p. 40
Paul Haesaerts, 'Henri Evenepoel', in Peintres belges contemporains, Brussels, 1946, no. 23, illustrated p. 49
Franz Hellens, Henri Evenepoel, Antwerp, 1947, illustrated in colour p. 2
F.-C. Legrand, La Peinture en Belgique des Primitifs à nos jours, Brussels, 1954, p. 47
Paul Haesaerts, Histoire de la peinture moderne en Flandre, Brussels, 1960, illustrated in colour p. 84
Walther Vanbeselaere, De Vlaamse Schilderkunst van 1850 tot 1950, Brussels, 1961, no. 51, illustrated in colour p. 167
Walther Vanbeselaere, De Vlaamse Schilderkunst van impressionisme tot expressionisme, Brussels, 1964, illustrated in colour
Renato Barilli, L'Arte moderna, Milan, 1967, vol. II, illustrated in colour p. 181
Philippe Roberts-Jones, Du Réalisme au Surréalisme, Brussels, 1969, p. 69
H. Bex-Verschaeren, in Paul Haesaerts & Roger Marijnissen (ed.), L'Art flamand d'Ensor à Permeke à l'Orangerie, Antwerp, 1970, no. 4, illustrated in colour
Rose Gronon, in Albert Smeets (ed.), Van Ensor tot Permeke, Tielt & Utrecht, 1971, illustrated
Francis E. Hyslop, Henri Evenepoel, Belgian Painter in Paris 1892-1899, 1975, pl. 35, illustrated p. 97
Philippe Roberts-Jones, 'Evenepoel ou la vie mesurée', in L'Alphabet des circonstances, Brussels, 1981, p. 211
André Dulière, Les Nouveaux fantômes des rues de Namur, Namur, 1983, pp. 304 & 318
Lucio Felici (ed.), Encyclopédie de l'Art, Milan & Paris, 1991, p. 351
Michael Palmer, From Ensor to Magritte: Belgian Art 1880-1940, Brussels, 1994, detail illustrated in colour p. 61
Luc Haesaerts (ed.), Dictionnaire des peintres, Brussels, n.d., p. 214

Catalogue Note

Charles au jersey rayé is a rare masterpiece by Henri Evenepoel, whose promising career was cut short by his early death at the age of only twenty-seven. During his short life, Evenepoel made a significant contribution to the Symbolist movement, of which the present work is a remarkable example.


A great portraitist, and fascinated with the subject of children, he painted a number of portraits of his son Charles (fig. 2), as well as of other children in the family. The subject of the present work is Charles de May (1894-1964), the son of Evenepoel and his cousin Louise van Mattemburgh, the first owner of this painting. Louise was married to Michel de Mey, with whom she had two children: Henriette (fig. 3) and Sophie. While all of the children were often painted by Evenepoel, Charles au jersey rayé stands out among other portraits due to its superbly modern composition. Dressed in black trousers and a striking black-and-white jersey, the boy is seen in an interior painted in geometric plains of pure colour, a remarkably modern style unique in the work of Evenepoel and his Belgian contemporaries at the end of the nineteenth century.

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