Père Biart Reading in the Garden

Père Biart Reading in the Garden

Henry van de Velde (Belgian, 1863-1957)

Currently on View in H209
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  • With a sure command of the dotted technique of Neo-Impressionism, Van de Velde depicted his sister’s father-in-law reading in the garden of their summer home in Belgium. The artist was attracted to the style after seeing Seurat’s work in Brussels in 1887.
  • The curving path and chair suggest Van de Velde’s growing interest in surface pattern. The young artist was soon to abandon painting in favor of a career as a designer and architect.
  • This frame, made recently by the IMA’s frame conservator, was inspired by original examples of Van de Velde’s frames, which follow Seurat’s practice of decorating a dark blue border with dots that enhance the adjacent colors of the painting.

With Père Biart, the father of the artist’s brother-in-law, Antwerp and Kalmthout, Belgium; by descent to Edgard Biart, Lausanne, vaud, Switzerland. {1} Madame Ionesco, Paris, France. {2} (Hammer Galleries, New York, New York) by 1967; {2}acquired by W. J. Holliday [1895-1977], Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1969; {3} by bequest to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1979 (79.320).

{1} Edgard Biart is listed as the current owner in A.M. Hammacher, Le Monde de Henry van de Velde (avec un Catalogue de l’Oeuvre peint, dessiné et gravé), Antwerp 1967, cat. no. 22, ill. p. 43.
{2} This former owner is cited in Ellen Wardwell Lee, The Aura of Neo-Impressionism: The W. J. Holliday Collection, Indianapolis, 1983, pp. 74-75(ill.).
{3} See the advertisement for Hammer Galleries in Connoisseur, vol. 166 (November 1967), p. lix (ill.).

Object Information

Henry van de Velde (Belgian, 1863-1957)
creation date
1890 or 1891
oil on brown paper mounted to canvas
24-7/16 x 20-7/16 in. (canvas)
32-1/4 x 28-1/16 x 2-3/16 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed, painted l.l.: (?)
accession number
credit line
The Holliday Collection
© Henry van de Velde/Artists Rights Society (ARS)
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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