Léon Spilliaert

Spilliaert (1881 – 1946) was a predominantly autodidactic artist from Belgium. His greatest works were mainly produced in the watercolour, gouache and charcoal mediums, often featuring solitary characters suspended in dream-like realities. He’s also known for an excessive use of black. (I first came across Spilliaert’s Vertigo on Dylan Trigg’s blog, Side Effects, used in a short discussion of Blaise Pascal’s near-death experience. Have a look.)

Hates music and writing. Unfortunately, he's a journalist.


  • Reply July 8, 2010


    Incredible artist. I saw a big exhibition of him some years ago. Brilliant.

  • Reply July 8, 2010


    Awesome! I thought it'd make a change from the majority of 19th century artists I usually feature.

  • Reply July 9, 2010


    5 Star post! Particulary enjoyed the last 2.

  • Reply July 9, 2010


    That's pretty. I'd love to have seen him in a comic book or something. Speaking of which, this reminds me a bit of Duncan Fegredo, which is also fucking talented.

  • Reply July 11, 2010

    Invisible Oranges

    What beautiful images. Thank you for the introduction to this artist.

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