From January 27 until May 29, 2023, Fondation de l'Hermitage in Lausanne shows a retrospective of self-taught Belgian painter Léon Spilliaert, entitled "Léon Spilliaert. Avec la mer du Nord ...". Léon Spilliaert lived from 1881 until 1946 and the exhibition features around a hundred works from his entire career.
Contrary to many other exhibitions at Fondation de l'Hermitage, this time, many of the windows in the main rooms are closed, which creates a very intimate atmosphere.
Suffering from chronic insomnia, many of Spilliaert's works are inspired by late-night walks. The exhibition is organised by theme and starts with "Ink drawings, Existential Solitude", followed by "Ostend, Deepest Night and Space".
The first room in the basement is dedicated to the theme "Self Portrait, Observing with Troubled Eyes".
It continues with a series "The Dirigible Belgique II, A Shared Adventure" followed by "Trees, Early Contemplations".
From ink wash through watercolour, pastels, and gouache, the exhibition features an impressive range of techniques and is a great opportunity to discover this less known artist.