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Belgium; from Ensor to Magritte

12 April 2021

6 days from £2,495pp

This new Art Pursuits tour will explore this remarkable moment in Belgian history, tracing the work of some of its greatest creative protagonists from gallery to source, capital to coast, and travelling beyond the well-beaten tourist trails.
 
The founding of the modern state of Belgium in 1830 brought swift change within the new country. Rapid and impressive industrialisation swept through the land – Belgium became Europe’s second most important industrial power after Britain – and the country gained a reputation as one of the most liberal in Europe. In this burst of change, the arts flourished, and the international mood of the fin-de-siècle, a climate of broad and varied artistic sophistication, bourgeois excess and fashionably apocalyptic despair, was adopted in Belgium with vigour. Beginning in 1868 with the founding of the Société libre des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, which rejected the dominant academic approach to painting, a number of daring young artists emerged who helped to establish Belgium as a thriving artistic capital. Visual artists such as James Ensor, Constantin Meunier and Félicien Rops explored the theatrical, satirical and macabre realities of the time, while architect-designers such as Victor Horta and Henry van de Velde worked at the fore of the Art Nouveau movement. This moment came to an end in 1914 with the onset of war but such artists laid the way for subsequent innovators, such as Paul Delvaux and René Magritte, the great Belgian surrealist.
 
This new Art Pursuits tour will explore this remarkable moment in Belgian history, tracing the work of some of its greatest creative protagonists from gallery to source, capital to coast, and travelling beyond the well-beaten tourist trails.
 

Your Accommodation

Hotel Cocoon, Oostende

★★★★
Overview
The four-star Cocoon hotel has just been entirely refurbished and sits in an ideal location close to the expansive beach and the vibrant Ostend city centre
Hotel Facilities & Amenities

 

 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Safe 
  • Mini fridge
  • free WiFi