Brooding Brangwyn in Bruge

Recap/throwback to Summer 2018 in Belgium where I visited an exceptional small exhibit by an under-appreciated and misunderstood art world giant: Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956).

Born in Bruge, Brangwyn was an artistic jack of all trades: painter, muralist, ceramist, stain glass artist, lithographer, book illustrator, furniture and interior designer. His paintings are what separates this self-taught artist from the pack. Intense, colorful, moody and insightfully psychological, their impact is undeniable on viewers. Not knowing there was an exhibition when a family trip took us to the delightful, ancient and historically important city, it was an unexpected treat to see work of their native son.

I was one of three persons in the elegant townhouse turned museum Arentshuis – and my short visit provided long rewards. Hats off to you, Mr. Brangwyn. You dazzled my eyes and showed me insights on humanity through yours.

Published by Caldwell Gallery Hudson

Jay Caldwell is principal of Caldwell Gallery Hudson. He brings 35 years experience to the art of dealing fine art.

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