EMILE CLAUS AND THE RURAL LIFE

Emile Claus was the most important representative of the impressionist movement in Belgium. He was an admirer of French Impressionism and applied this style in the realistic depiction of his familiar countryside environment. Claus was idolised by the writers and painters of his time. His optimistic and cheerful art is also still popular with the public today. This exhibition brought together the best of Emile Claus'work and highlights its central themes: the work in the fields, village life, river life and pure landscape. His work was on display alongside that of such Belgian contemporaries as Alfred William Finch, Léon Frederic, Constant Permeke, Constantin Meunier and Henry Van de Velde.