The floral theme in sgraffitos


16/09/2017 - 17/09/2017

A detailed examination of sgraffitos leads to the observation that they have a highly specific type of iconographic repertoire. Given their close relationship with Art Nouveau, decorative artists enthusiastically used the world of plants and flowers in all its forms. Starting with a simple stem, they passionately deployed a mass of curves and counter-curves organised according to a strict symmetry. Sgraffito artists in this way took their inspiration from a world with which they were familiar; a world that was easy to observe and study; a world in eternal movement… The motifs depicted include such themes as the seasons and different varieties of flowers. The various plant elements are represented in the form of friezes, garlands and bouquets, accentuating fanlights and window sills and dressing the structures like illumination decorates the letters of a book. Discover the art of sgraffito during this exhibition.

In cooperation with Groupe d’Études et de Recherches Peintures Murales – Sgraffites culturels (G.E.R.P.M-S.C).

Practical information

    • rue des Champs-Élysées 72
    • 1050 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 17h00
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