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Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

Big Clouds. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe, 1893. The Indianapolis Museum of Art

Big Clouds. Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe, 1893. The Indianapolis Museum of Art

Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) came from a French-speaking bourgeois family of architects. He began studying art in Ghent and then in Brussels. His first paintings were classical, but later he was influenced by Neo-Impressionist theories, and the newest tendencies in European art. Rysselberghe had become friendly with Seurat, Signac and Cross, and began to practice divisionism in his portrait painting using small dots of different sizes on a canvas. He went on practicing this divisionist technique known as pointillism until about 1910, although returned to classic style at the end of his life. Rysselberghe often went abroad, mostly to Morocco, but finally had settled in Paris in 1898. He had a great influence on the development of’ Neo-Impressionism in Belgium, a retrospective exhibition of his works was held in 1927 in Brussels, a year after his death.

Bay of St. Brelade. Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

Bay of St. Brelade. Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

Much of the works of Belgian artist, painter, sculptor and designer Theo van Rysselberghe still remain in private collections. They are rarely seen. In November 2005, his work Port Cette (1892) fetched a record 2.6m € at an auction in New York.

La Vigne en October. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe

La Vigne en October. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe

Moonlight Night in Boulogne, 1919

Moonlight Night in Boulogne, 1919

Paul Signac at the helm of the Olympia, 1896

Paul Signac at the helm of the Olympia, 1896

Pine by the Mediterranean Sea. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe

Pine by the Mediterranean Sea. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe

Port Entrance at Volendam (1896)

Port Entrance at Volendam (1896)

Portrait of Alice Sethe. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe, 1888

Portrait of Alice Sethe. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe, 1888

Rainbow over Veere, 1906. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe

Rainbow over Veere, 1906. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe

Sailboats on the River Scheldt (1892)

Sailboats on the River Scheldt (1892)

Spanish Woman

Spanish Woman

Sunset at Ambleteuse (1899)

Sunset at Ambleteuse (1899)

The Beach at Ambleteuse at Low Tide (1900)

The Beach at Ambleteuse at Low Tide (1900). Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

The Cap Gris-Nez (1900)

The Cap Gris-Nez (1900). Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

The Man at the Helm. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe, 1892

The Man at the Helm. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe, 1892

The Mediterranean at the Lavandou (1904)

The Mediterranean at the Lavandou (1904). Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

The Point of Rossignol (1905)

The Point of Rossignol (1905). Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

The sisters of the painter Schlobach, 1884

The sisters of the painter Schlobach, 1884. Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

The Violinist. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe, 1903

The Violinist. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe, 1903

Vase of Flowers (1907)

Vase of Flowers (1907). Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

Vase of Flowers. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe

Vase of Flowers. Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

White Peonies. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe, 1913

White Peonies. Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe, 1913

Yellow Roses, Persimmons and Mimosas. Painting by Theo Van Rysselberghe

Yellow Roses, Persimmons and Mimosas. Painting by Belgian neo-impressionist painter Theo van Rysselberghe

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