Louis Dewis: A Belgian Post-Impressionist
May 18 - September 9, 2018 - Council of 101 Grand Gallery Hall
The Orlando Museum of Art is presenting a mini-exhibition of seven paintings by the Belgian Post-Impressionist painter, Louis Dewis. Inspired by such French masters of landscape painting as Corot, Cézanne and Gauguin, Dewis painted scenes of cities, villages and countryside throughout Belgium and France. Working primarily between 1916 and his death in 1946, Dewis was successful during his life, but his career was eclipsed by artistic developments of the post-World War II period in France. His work is now being reevaluated after a trove of paintings were discovered in the attic of a family home.
This showing of seven paintings will preview a major exhibition for the artist, which will be presented in 2019. Included in the current exhibition are landscapes from important periods of the artist's career following World War I. The years immediately after the Great War were distinctive in French art for a return to the motif of landscape, in part a response to the unprecedented devastation of the country and staggering loss of life, many artists during this time sought to celebrate the "soil" of France in landscape painting. Dewis' paintings reflect this return to landscape painting with works that captured the scenic qualities of locations from his homeland in the Flemish region of Belgium to the Basque country in southwestern France.