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Belgium — from Ensor to Magritte

17 April 2023

6 days from £2,650pp

On this sophisticated Art Pursuits tour of Belgium, accompanied by our expert, you’ll learn about the fin-de-siècle movement and discover the artists who paved the way for Paul Delvaux, Rene Magritte and more.
  • Visit the Fin-de-Siècle galleries at Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts
  • Encounter the work of some of art history’s most imaginative artists, from James Ensor to René Magritte  
  • View the dramatic sculptures of Muenier and Wiertz
  • Accompanied throughout by our expert lecturer Dr. Kathy McLaughlan
 
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 in the 19th century. Beginning in 1868 with the founding of the Société libre des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, which rejected the dominant academic approach to painting, several 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 Art Pursuits tour will explore this remarkable moment in Belgian history, travelling beyond the well-beaten tourist trails to trace the work of some of its greatest creative protagonists from gallery to source, capital to coast.

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Radisson Collection Hotel, Grand Place Brussels

★★★★

At the confluence of Belgian cultural wonders and European contemporary influences, step into a hotel that reflects Brussels’ cosmopolitan spirit. Famed for its glass-crowned, 7-story atrium and post-modernist architecture, this distinctive hotel was designed by Michel Jaspers back in 1989. Now, elegantly updated with remodelled interiors, the Radisson Collection Hotel, Grand Place Brussels seamlessly blends the best of international living with a powerful sense of place in one iconic Brussels landmark. Enjoy an enviable location: the Grand Place UNESCO World Heritage site, the best chocolate makers, designer boutiques, and not-to-miss cultural venues are just a stone’s throw away. Discover 282 elegant rooms and suites where refinement meets comfort, with sleek contemporary decor, considered furniture and lighting, plush bedding, and enlivening bathrooms. Find fresh dining inspiration at the Stoke Grand Place or enjoy the theater of the stylish Shanghai Kitchen.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Blackout curtains
  • Bathrobes
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee / tea making facilities
  • Room service
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Flatscreen cable / satellite TV
  • Bath / shower
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Hotel Cocoon, Oostende

★★★★

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

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