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Georges Lemmen

1865–1916, Bruxelles

Strongly influenced by the pointillism of Georges Seurat, the painter, etcher and designer Georges Lemmen was considered to be one of the foremost representatives of the Neo-impressionist school in Belgium. In November 1888 he was admitted to membership of the progressive Brussels artists’ association known as Les Vingt together with Henry van de Velde and August Rodin. In the years 1889–1892 Lemmen contributed to the exhibitions of the Parisian Salon des Indépendants and later belonged to the Libre Esthétique group in Brussels. Lemmen was a versatile artist and ranks among the most remarkable and individual talents of the Belgian avant-garde in those years. He painted portraits, intimate, delicately coloured interiors, landscapes and still lifes. At the same time he was very productive in the field of arts and crafts, as is documented by numerous book and poster designs, carpet patterns and mosaics. Lemmen was also a gifted and remarkably sensitive printmaker, who left behind a small but signifi cant oeuvre of etchings and lithographs.