Editorial

Brussels: ends and new beginnings

Nearly two years later than planned, the Musée Fin-de Siècle in Brussels was finally inaugurated on 6th December last year. This brings the number of separate ‘museums’ (or rather discrete parts of their collections) under the umbrella of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium to six, four of them housed in the complex of buildings in Place Royale and rue de la Régence. Between 1977 and 1985 the old-master galleries in the main building (Alphonse Balat’s Palais des Beaux-Arts) were renovated and the Museum of Modern Art, designed by Roger Bastin and comprising eight underground levels, was added to accommodate the collections from the end of the eighteenth century to the present.

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Daumier

SOLITARY IN THE studio, a prisoner in a bare cell: L’artiste en face de son œuvre provided the perfect culmination to the Royal Academy of Art’s exhibition Daumier (1808–1879): Visions of Paris (closed 26th January). The work (c.1860–63; cat. no.120; Fig.70) shows a strapping, even athletic figure, yet his contemplative repose suggests the physique symbolises more inward powers. He has a classical philosopher’s head, and the lyrically contoured hair brings associations of a garland. His apparent nakedness (one cuff line just hinting at a chemise) is accepted by the viewer as a conceit: this artist is a sufficiently platonic entity – no brushes, pigments or other paraphernalia around him – for us to suspend disbelief at his nudity.

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