Bart Verschaffel - Political (?) Art: the Antoine Wiertz case (EN)
The private museum placed at the disposal of the 19th century scandal artist Antoine Wiertz by the Belgian State houses an unlikely collection of monumental, pathetic, sentimental, melodramatic, erotic, pamphleteering paintings. How did this happen? And what can we conclude from this?
Lecture by Bart Verschaffel in the framework of R. H. Quaytman - Modern Subjects, Chapter Zero
Bart Verschaffel is a philosopher of art and culture, professor emeritus of Ghent University. Recent monographic publications: Mock Humanity! Two Essays on James Ensor's Grotesques (2018); What is Real? What is True? Picturing Figures and Faces (2021).