14/18 – Rupture or Continuity

Belgian Art around World War I

Edited by Inga Rossi-Schrimpf, assisted by Laura Kollwelter, and contributions by Werner Adriaenssens, Erik Buelinckx, Sophie De schaepdrijver, Ole W. Fischer, Eva Francioli, Laura Kollwelter, Christina Kott, Françoise Lucbert, Peter Pauwels, Hubert Roland, Inga Rossi-Schrimpf, Sergio Servellón, Sandrine Smets, Hans Vandevoorde, and Caterina Verdickt

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Edited volume - paperback

The impact of the Great War and its aftermath on Belgian artistic life

World War I had a major effect on Belgian visual arts. German occupation, the horror at the battlefield and the experience of exile led to multiple narratives and artistic expressions by Belgian artists during and after the war. Belgian interbellum art is extremely vibrant and diverse. 14/18 – Rupture or Continuity takes a look at Belgian artistic life in the years around the First World War and how it was affected by this event. The Great War was a catalyst of artistic oppositions, leading on the one hand to a Belgian avant-garde that explored new forms and styles, while continuing to uphold a more traditional and established art on the other. Whereas the war experience consolidated an already present style for some artists, for others it constituted a revolution leading to new artistic adventures. The collection of essays in the present book highlights these contrasting facets of Belgian art in its rich historical context during the early 20th century.

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Contributors: Werner Adriaenssens (Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels), Erik Buelinckx (Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Brussels), Sophie de Schaepdrijver (Pennsylvania State University), Ole W. Fischer (University of Utah, Salt Lake City), Eva Francioli (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Laura Kollwelter (Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels), Christina Kott (Université Panthéon-Assas Paris 2), Françoise Lucbert (Université Laval, Québec), Peter Pauwels (independent art historian, Antwerp), Hubert Roland (F.R.S. – FNRS / Université Catholique de Louvain), Inga Rossi-Schrimpf (Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels), Sergio Servellón (FeliXart Museum, Drogenbos), Sandrine Smets (Royal Museum of Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels), Hans Vandevoorde (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Caterina Verdickt (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Préface
Michel Draguet

Before and After? Rupture or Continuity? Belgian Art around the First World War. An Introduction
Inga Rossi-Schrimpf

Shaping the Experience of Military Occupation: Ten Images
Sophie De Schaepdrijver

14/18 Rupture or Continuity? Belgian Art Around World War I in the Collections of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts
Inga Rossi-Schrimpf & Laura Kollwelter

Illustrations

ARTISTS AT WAR AND ABROAD – ON THE FRONT AND IN EXILE

L’art en guerre ! L’État belge, mécène des artistes combattants :politique bienveillante ou nécessité impérieuse ?
Sandrine Smets

‘My heart is sore about brave Belgium’ – Artistic Exodus: Belgian Refugee Artists in Great Britain during the Great War
Caterina Verdickt

Jacob and Louise De Graaff – Patrons of Modern Belgian Artists in Exile
Laura Kollwelter


OCCUPATION – INFLUENCES ON THE ART MARKET AND THE INTERCULTURAL EXCHANGES

Belgian Art During the First World War: Exhibitions and Salons in Brussels
Werner Adriaenssens

« Rencontres interculturelles » et occupation : un nouvel élan pour les transferts culturels belgo-allemands après 1918
Christina Kott et Hubert Roland

Precursors or Followers? The German Art Scene and the Role and Image of Belgian Art Around World War I
Inga Rossi-Schrimpf


POLITICIZED ART AROUND WWI

When Flemish Nationalism, Progressivism, and Avant-Gardism Came Together: 1917-1922
Sergio Servellón

Albert Daenens (1883-1952): Belgian Artist From Brussels, Flemish Activist and French Publicist, International Anarchist and Antimilitarist Before, During and After World War I
Erik Buelinckx

 

BELGIAN ART AND THE INTERNATIONAL AVANT-GARDE OF THE 1920’S-NETWORKS

Modernist Generations in Belgium: United and Divided by Community Art
Hans Vandevoorde

The Originality of the 7 Arts’ Constructivism: The Connections to The Belgian Pre-War Art Scene
Eva Francioli

Réseaux d’artistes avant et après la guerre : le cas exemplaire de la Section d’or
Françoise Lucbert

 

BELGIAN ART AND THE INTERNATIONAL AVANT-GARDES OF THE 1920’S – CASE STUDIES

From Avant-garde to Arrière-garde? – Henry van de Velde’s Architectural Oeuvre Before and After World War I
Ole W. Fischer

‘Votre lettre m’a bien intéressée’: Marthe “Tour” Donas and the Belgian Art Scene Around 1920
Peter J.H. Pauwels

Illustrations
Abstracts
About the Authors
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
List of works shown in the exhibition 14-18. Rupture or Continuity - Belgian Art around World War I
Colophon

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 230 × 170 × 25 mm

384 pages

ISBN: 9789462701366

Publication: October 4, 2018

Languages: English | French

Stock item number: 122864

Hans Vandevoorde is universitair docent Nederlandse literatuur aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel; daarnaast is hij ook vrijwillig postdoctoraal medewerker aan de Vakgroep Geschiedenis van de Universiteit Gent.
Inga Rossi-Schrimpf is the curator of modern works on paper (19th–21st century) at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Coordinating Curator of the Fin-de-Siècle Museum, Brussels, Belgium.
Laura Kollwelter is a scientific researcher at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels.