Royal Art - Léon Spilliaert - one of the most important painters of Belgium

Léon Spilliaert (Born: July 28th. 1881, Ostend - Died: November 23rd. 1946,
Brussels) was known as one of the most important Belgian painters and
one of the founders of the literary symbolism, although his work was too
eccentric to have one style.

Leon Spilliaert Selfportrait - own picture taken in 2017
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His father Leonard Hubert Spilliaert (1851-1928) had a perfumery
in Ostend and made his own perfumes like "Brise d'Ostend", which
made him a royal warrant holder of King Leopold II of Belgium.

Spilliaert and Ostend - Own picture taken in 2017


In 1900, Léon Spilliaert and his father visited the World exhibition in Paris.
Leon also liked to read works from Edgar Allan Poe, Maurice Maeterlinck,
Vergilius and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Leon Spilliaert at home, where he works


From 1902 till 1904, Spilliaert served a famous publisher in Brussels:
Edmond Deman. Through this work Léon Spilliaert came in contact with
the Brussels art circle. He met Maeterlinck, Verhaeren, James Ensor,
George Lemmen, Fernand Khnopff, Théo van Rysselberghe.

Later Spilliaert also met Pablo Picasso in Paris and, Stefan Zweig in

In 1908 he became friends with Constant Permeke, also a famous Belgian
painter, later the friendship became strained.

Leon Spilliaert and his works


Nowadays a lot of Spilliaert 's works are spread around Belgium and the

There are works of him in:

- Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts;
- Brussels, Royal Museum of Fine Arts;
- New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art;
- Paris, Musée d'Orsay;
- Grenoble, Musée des Beaux Arts.

More work from Spilliaert 


A lot of his works are shown at Mu.ZEE in Ostend.
To know more, check this link

Since 2016, Ostend has it's own Spilliaert House.

These two museums really are interesting to visit. I always like to 
wander around and get inspired. 

The Mu.Zee in Ostend also shows works from Spilliaert and Ensor 
but also a lot of paintings from other artists. 

signature of Leon Spilliaert at the Spilliaert House

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