HOME Constantin Meunier (1831-1905) Retrospective

Constantin Meunier (1831-1905) is a 19th century Belgian realist painter and sculptor who is widely known for introducing industrial workers, dockers and miners, into the visual arts as icons of modernity. His view of man and the world is compassionate, committed and inseparable from the industrial,
social and political developments of his day.

The retrospective exhibition of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium is the first of its kind since 1909 and highlights lesser known aspects of his work. Portraying his career, which reflects the major changes in Belgian fine arts in the second half of the 19th century, the exhibition pays particular attention to the paintings from the early years. Among these works, which
until now have been insufficiently studied, are the following: historical, social, and religious scenes that foreshadow his later artistic creations. In addition to a wide choice of paintings and bronze sculptures, a selection of drawings, sketches and studies will be on display.

Curator of the exhibition: Dr. Francisca Vandepitte is curator of modern sculpture and of the Musée Meunier Museum (Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium).