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(Brussel 1861- St. Gillis 1932)
Frans Gailliard can be placed among the masters of Luminism
alongside Emile Claus and Théo Van Rysselberghe.
Early on in his career, Gailliard’s works were exhibited internationally,
including in Paris, Venice, London and Barcelona. It
was thanks to these experiences that he developed an intense
friendship with Renoir. Fascinated by Renoir’s work, Gailliard
departed from the Brussels academic style and adopted Impressionism.
Gailliard was fond of depicting human beings in
very ordinary scenes, such as here on a fine spring day around
the swing. The texture of the paint and the technique help to
further reinforce the effect of a joyful spring day. Thanks to his
fine touch, the light seems to shine through the trees. And the
green, blue and warm pink tones give the entire painting a certain
glow, one that everyone will recognise as being that of the
first days of spring. The brush strokes are so fine that it could
easily be said that this work announces the beginning of ‘Divisionism’.
On the other side of the canvas appears the address where
Gailliard was living at the time. From an art historical point of
view this is a very important location, given that he opened his
house to artists such as James Ensor and Félicien Rops. Very
important friendships would be formed there.