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Jan Baptist Bonnecroy (1618 – c.1665), ‘Gezicht op Brussel / View of Brussels’

After taking in some of the art on Brussels’ streets we headed to the Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten in search of Bruegels and Boschs. Much to our contentment we found both, as well as…

cool, dappled woods

decadent things to eat

mighty battles

red squirrels!

beautiful weeds, abundant bouquets

zombies and alien skulls

bodies…

… writhing …

… in agony

the writhing (and the agony) over

and owls presiding over impenetrable goings-on

Attached to the Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten is the Magritte Museum, which we also visited but in which photography is not permitted. It houses a wonderful collection of Magritte’s paintings as well as fascinating ephemera in the form of photographs, letters, exhibition invitations & catalogues, and some of his commercial design work. Well worth a visit for your bowler-hatconfounding twilight-and-pipes-that-are-not-pipes fix.

Credits for the painting (and sculpture) details shown above are as follows
(listed in order of appearance):

Constant Montald (1862 – 1944), ‘De Boot van het ideaal’, 1907
Osias Beert I (c.1580 – 1623/24), ‘Stilleven met oesters’
Hans Francken (1581 – 1624), ‘Winterstilleven met pannenkoeken, wafels en duivekater’ (fragment)
Pieter Bruegel I (?1527/28? – 1569), ‘De val van de opstandige engelen’, 1562
Frans Snijders (1579 – 1657) Jan Wildens (1586-1653), ‘Damhertenjacht’ (gesigneerd door Frans Snijders)
Meester van 1518 (Jan van Dornicke?), ‘Triptiek van de Abdij van Dielegem’
Frans Francken II (1581 – 1642) Jan Brueghel II (1601-1678), ‘Allegorie van de overvloed’
Zuid-Nederlandse School (1495 – 1506), ‘Luiken van de Triptiek van Zierikzee’ (detail rechterluik: Portret van Johanna de Waanzinnige 1482 – 1555)
Peter Faes (1750 – 1814), ‘Bloemen’, 1791
Zuid Nederlandse School (15de eeuw), ‘Het Laatste Oordeel’ ?
Petrus Christus (1410/20 – 1475/76), ‘De Bewening’
Jacques Bergé (1696 – 1756), ‘Stervende Gladiator’, 1735
Jusepe de Ribera genaamd Lo Spagnoletto (1591 – 1652), ‘Apollo vilt Marsyas’, 1637
Zuid Nederlandse School (15de eeuw), ‘Het Laatste Oordeel’
Pieter Brueghel II (1564 – 1638), ‘De Goede Herder’, 1616
Theodoor Rombouts (1597 – 1637), ‘Prometheus’
Dirk Bouts (c.1410 – 1475), Panelen met de gerechtigheid van Keizer Otto – ‘De Marteldood van de onschuldige graaf’
Hiëronymus van Aken genaamd Bosch (? – 1516), ‘Triptiek met de bekoring van de heilige Antonius

[above information transcribed from the Museum’s artwork labels]

Dirty Three @ Ancienne Belgique, 6 June 2012

Last week we hopped on a train, Brussels bound, to catch the Dirty Three in concert (supported by David Pajo playing selections from ‘Live from a Shark Cage’ – nice!). We also made a bit of time to wander the streets of Brussels (‘spiritual’ home of the comic strip/book!) and take in some of its street art…

Brussels’ (curiously?) famous Manneken Pis
and Invader‘s variation on the theme

stripping pencil

things with wings

comic strip wall
N°17 – Mur BD “Ric Hochet” / “Rik Ringers” stripmuur /
“Ric Hochet” Comic Strip Wall

more things with wings

hearts

together  |  alone

bestiary

we were killed so u could b fat

colourful revolution

comic strip wall
N°21 – Mur BD “Le jeune Albert” / “De jonge Albert” stripmuur /
“Le Jeune Albert” Comic Strip Wall

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