‘Fond d’atelier’ of the Bruges sculptor Pol Spilliaert (1935-2023).

Pol Spilliaert’s oeuvre can be situated within the Belgian lyrical abstraction movement and the post-war period context. The recurring motifs in his marble and bronze sculptures refer to the tension between man and woman and the influence of elements on matter. The artist was fascinated by the natural appearance of the patina and weathering on rock formations due to the ebbing action and, as a result, created a personal environment in his garden with his sculptures.

Pol Spilliaert studied in the 1960s at the well-known ENSAAD Institute for Arts in Brussels. Both artists George Grard and Charles Leplae (his tutors) had a significant influence on the younger Spilliaert.

Carlo Bonte Auctions will sell Pol Spilliaert’s works at several auctions in May, October 2024, and February 2025. The collection contains works in bronze, marble, various stones, plaster, and polyester. Pol Spilliaert cherished all these objects in his private house, gallery, and garden.

The larger sculptures remain in situ in the artist’s garden. The garden will be open to the public during the weekend of May 25 and 26 from 2 – 5 pm by appointment (lot 213, and lots 238-253).

The other lots can be viewed at the auction house and in our gallery in Knokke (lots 219, 223, and 228).

We look forward to seeing you.

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