George Minne, an introduction

" ... small sculptures, monumentally big, closed, overflowing with ripe emotion, from inner suffering, from calm consideration-fixed in their simplification of form and full of rich divisions of surface. The nature is simplified as it were and the human body appears protracted and erected in awkward gestures. Yet, what an exceptional rhythm of surfaces and lines-also in the contorted renderings of the body, how this carries out the expression to a high power. Because Minne in no way seeks the "beautiful" line, the balancing equilibrium, the classic beauty and the comfortable admiration. There lies a wonderful, difficult to explain power in the sculptures of Minne-in the kneeling, the left and right stiff bowing figures..." With these words Karel van de Woestijne typified the work of George Minne (1866-1941), undoubtedly one of the most well-known symbolist sculptors in Europe. His modern spirituality, situated on the medieval mythic of Jan van Ruusbroec (1293/94-1381), fit in well with the attempts of the contemporary avant-garde towards what moved the soul. Many admirers in the time see in the stylised art of Minne also a revival of the Gothic. Continue reading on this page.

The Holy Women at the Tomb - 1896

The Holy Women at the Tomb

Groeninge Museum Bruges
Fountain with Kneeling Youths - 1898

Fountain with Kneeling Youths

Museum of Fine Arts Ghent
Small Figure Kneeling - 1896

Small Figure Kneeling

Museum of Deinze and the Leie Region
Memorial for Georges Rodenbach - 1899

Memorial for Georges Rodenbach

Works of Art in the Public Domain
Queen Astrid Memorial

Queen Astrid Memorial

Works of Art in the Public Domain
George Minne, The Three Women at the Tomb, Groeninge Museum Bruges

Religion

Christian themes scarcely come about in the work of Minne before the First World War. In the period, the artist opted for universal themes, whereby he primarily levied a deeply human emotion and expression on his...
Sketchbook ca. 1894-1896

Sketchbook ca. 1894-1896

The drawings in this sketchbook deal with sculptures such as The Prodigal Son, the Small Figure Kneeling, a few religiously inspired sketches of a physically fallen Christ and a Christ on the Cross as well as a kneeling...