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Gustave van de Woestyne (1881-1947)
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Gustave van de Woestyne (1881-1947)

La mère et son enfant

Gustave van de Woestyne (1881-1947)
La mère et son enfant
signed and dated 'Gve van de Woestijne 1928' (lower left); and signed and dated again and inscribed with title (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
209 x 190 cm.
Painted in 1928.
J. Komkommer, The Hague.
Galeries Apollo, Brussels.
Anonymous sale, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 10 March 1964, lot 526.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 1 December 2004, lot 41.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
P. Haesaerts, Saint Martin Laethem: le village élu de l'art Flamand, Brussels, 1970, no. 804, p. 500 (illustrated).
Emily Ansenk (a.o.), Realisme verzameld: hoogtepunten uit de collectie, Zwaag, 2005, p. 40.
Ansenk 2006, pp. 146-147, no. 251 (illustrated).
P. Boyens, Bevriende Meesterschilders: Valerius De Saedeleer en Gustave Van De Woestyne, Zwaag, 2008, no. 44, pp. 76-77 (illustrated).
Van der Giessen, pp. 54-55 (illustrated).
Robert Hoozee, Cathérine Verleysen, Gustave Van De Woestyne, Ghent, 2010, no. 131, p. 232 (illustrated p. 130).
Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Gustave Van De Woestyne, 13 June - 13 September 1981, no. 91.
Ghent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Gustave Van De Woestyne, 27 March - 27 June 2010, no. 131.
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Lot Essay

The present lot belongs to the monumental works Van de Woestyne painted between 1926-1928. The use of a monochrome palette and a sober topic are characteristic for this period. The wife of the artist (Prudence) posed for it. During the years their children were young, the motive of mother and child had a strong presence in his oeuvre. In 1928 this theme emerged rather unexpectedly in a strange décor with a visible influence by the Flemish and Italian primitives and of Egyptian art. The present lot also carries a religious character, which can be seen in the child reaching for the head of the mother. This motive was very common in Medieval representations of Madonna with child. The alienating contrast between de strong physical presence of the figure and the surreal, small space is a returning element in the later works of Van de Woestyne.

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