Georges Lemmen Belgium

11-25-1865 Schaerbeek, BEL - 7-4-1916 Ukkel, BEL

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Lemmen, Georges

At about age 20, Georges Lemmen started painting. He exhibited at several different galleries in Brussels and in Ghent. In 1888 Lemmen joined the art group 'Les Vingt'.

Inspired by Georges Seurat, Georges Lemmen started to paint in a pointillist style. He continued painting in a pointillist way till 1895, 4 years after the death of Seurat. After 1895, Lemmen abandoned Pointillism to Art Nouveau. He created numerous book illustrations, ceramics, carpets, posters, drawings, pastels and gouaches in this particular style.

In the early 1880s he became influenced by Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. In 1888 Georges Lemmen joined the avant-garde group Les Vingt in Brussels. In 1890-1893, under the influence of Théo van Rysselberghe, he moved towards Neo-Impressionism and painted numerous landscapes and portraits using the technique.

He exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris and participated in Les Vingt exhibitions in Brussels. The death of Seurat in 1891 had a great impact on all the painters of the Neo-Impressionist group. By 1895 Georges Lemmen freed himself from Pointillism and painted in a more traditional, Impressionist style, though his colors were closer to those of the Nabis-painters.

During his travel to England Lemmen became interested in artifacts. His one-man show in 1913 in Brussels had a great success. In July 1915 he moved to Ukkel, where he died in July 1916. His wide-ranging work includes numerous book illustrations, posters, ceramics, carpets, drawings, pastels and gouaches.

Art Movement: Post-Impressionism
Influences: Théo van Rysselberghe, Georges Seurat
Traveled: England

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