Spilliaert, Léon

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Spilliaert, Léon Gender: M
Leontius Petrus Ludovicus Spilliaert
born on 28 July 1881 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Oostende, Belgium, 51n13, 2e55
Timezone LST m4e21 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 05°23' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 29°12 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 03°22'

Léon Spilliaert (Self-portrait, 1907)


Belgian symbolist painter and graphic artist, whose works in watercolour, gouache, pastel, and charcoal (often in combination) include a number of monochrome self-portraits executed in the early years of the twentieth century.

A prolific doodler and autodidact, he was predominantly a self-taught artist. Sickly and reclusive, he spent most of his youth sketching scenes of ordinary life and the Belgian countryside. When he was 21, he went to work in Brussels for Edmond Deman, a publisher of the works of symbolist writers, which Spilliaert was to illustrate. He especially admired the work of Edgar Allan Poe.

Spilliaert's expressive use of black finds parallels in the work of Odilon Redon, who was a significant influence. Frequently depicting a lone figure in a dreamlike space, Spilliaert's paintings convey a sense of melancholy and silence.

His later work shows a concentration on seascapes. He died on 23 November 1946 in Brussels.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate (akte nr. 488).


  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist (Graphic artist)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)