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Forêt asiatique

Materials: Glue tempera on canvas and wood.

The beautiful Forêt asiatique by Albert Dubosq (1863-1940) can be admired again in all its glory on the stage of the typical theatre à l'italienne of the Kortrijkse Schouwburg which celebrated its centenary in 2020. The theatre set, exactly a century old, represents an extremely realistic and enchanting natural landscape. Dubosq painted an opulence of flowers and plants of the ‘Far East’ down to the smallest details using a wonderfully refined colour palette. The play of light, shadow, and trompe l'oeils make for a perfect illusion. We are in India at the time of British rule in the late nineteenth century. We are in India at the time of British rule in the late nineteenth century. Luminous and stunning; exactly what the bourgeoisie of the time wanted when they opened a window on a new world for a theatrical performance. The decors in Kortrijk form a unique collection: thirty complete sets have been preserved. In addition to general repertoire sets, the collection also includes decors for operas such as Aïda, Carmen and La Bohème. Five of them from the Dubosq collection were listed in 2018 as Flemish top pieces.

40 kunstenaars uit 18 landen brengen 60 kunstwerken op 16 binnen- en buitenlocaties naar Kortrijk. 

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