Jean Vanden EECKHOUDT (Brussels 1875 - Bourgeois-Rixensart 1946)
Pastel. Signed and dated J.v.D. Eeckhoudt / 97 at the lower right.520 x 350 mm. (21 1/2 x 13 3/4 in.)ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C.ENQUIRE
Completed in 1897 at the country home of the Vanden Eeckhoudt family in Oudenburg in Western Flanders, this large, finished pastel is a rare early work by the artist, who seems to have produced relatively few works on paper during his career. The present sheet can be added to a small but distinctive group of four similar interior scenes in pastel, drawn in 1896 and 1897 either at Oudenburg or at Hoeilaert, south of Brussels, where Isidore Verheyen had a studio. The earliest of these large pastels by Vanden Eeckhoudt is An Interior in Oudenburg, dated 1896, in a private collection in Brussels, while also in a private collection is an Interior with Cats, signed and dated the folliowing year. Also dating from 1897 is an Interior with Sabots, formerly in the collection of Octave Maus, the founder of La Libre Esthétique, and now in the Musée Communal d’Ixelles, and an Interior with a Stove, which once belonged to the Belgian critic, poet and journalist Camille Lemonnier and is today in the collection of the Maison Camille Lemonnier, the museum devoted to the writer in Brussels.
Private collection, Liège.
Johanna Ruyts-van Rillaer, Jean Vanden Eeckhoudt 1875-1946, Tielt, 1990, p.154, no.97-7.