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Théo van Rysselberghe

Belgium 1862 - France 1926

Théo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) is one of the most important figures in the field of Neo-impressionism. Van Rysselberghe was a founding member of the Brussels-based Neo-Impressionist group known as Les XX.

When the members of this artists circle organised a major exhibition of Neo-Impressionists in 1887, Van Rysselberghe met Signac and the two became friends. Rysselberghe had already discovered Seurat's work the previous the previous year in Paris and at the ti me of the exhibiti on he himself was beginning to experiment with Impressionist technique and the decomposition of light and colour, adopting a bright and luminous palette as a result.

Toulouse-Lautrec and Seurat bought work by him and he introduced the new styles of Divisionism and Pointillism in Belgium and the Netherlands. After 1903, his pointillist technique, which he had used for so many years, became more relaxed and after 1910 he abandoned it completely. His strokes had become longer and he used more often vivid colours and more intense contrasts, or softened hues. He had become a master in applying light and heat in his paintings.

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