An enthusiastic advocate of Art Nouveau, architect Ernest Blerot left behind numerous testaments to his inventiveness and sense of decoration in Ixelles/Elsene and Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis, where he was commissioned to design streets and even entire neighbourhoods. In this way, he juxtaposed different façades, such as at Rue de Belle-Vue/Belle-Vuestraat, where he designed numbers 30, 32, 42, 44 and 46, among others. Number 46, in particular, which served as his residence, retains an especially sophisticated floral ornamentation. Sgraffitos featuring daisies blossom on the blind transom of the bay window, on the tympanum of the large second-floor window as well as beneath the modillion cornice, this time alternated with the cut leaves and yellow flowers of dandelions. Elegant irises adorn the stained glass of the bay windows on the first floor as well as the impressive oblong opening above the doorway, which leads to the upper floors and illuminates the staircase. The plant theme is also evident in the wrought iron elements, such as the two corbels supporting the oriel window, the railing of the windows on the top floor or the dizzying fluid curves of the interior staircase banister, a veritable tribute to Mother Nature.
Exhibition of photographs focusing on the floral theme in Ernest Blerot’s architectural works.
In cooperation with Groupe d’Études et de Recherches Peintures Murales – Sgraffites culturels (G.E.R.P.M-S.C).