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Felix Labisse




 


 

Felix Labisse
 

(b Douai, 9 March 1905; d Paris, 27 Jan 1982).

French painter, illustrator and stage designer. He was of Flemish and Polish descent and worked in both France and Belgium. On a visit to Ostend in 1922 he met James Ensor, whose lifelong friendship he later commemorated in Bonjour M. Ensor (1964; Ostend, Mus. S. Kst.). In 1927 he set up his studio in Ostend, where he was associated not only with Ensor but also with Constant Permeke and Léon Spilliaert, and with the poets Henri Van de Putte, Jean Teugels and Michel de Ghelderode, and the film maker Henri Storck. He was self-taught and strongly influenced at first by Ensor. He sought to render both his own poetic reveries and the preoccupations of modern life through a technique of smoothly painted and strongly outlined violent colours. He specialized in images of a particular type of woman, at once strangely sensual and cold, whom he painted in blue and other exaggerated hues and who haunted his pictures like a mythical goddess, as in On the Other Side of the Grape-harvest Month (1980; Ghent, priv. col.). In 1928 he and Storck founded the Ciné Club in Ostend, which disseminated avant-garde films by Man Ray, Carl Dreyer and Fritz Lang, and he made a film of his own, La Mort de Vénus. In 1930 he founded the literary review Tribord, which ran to eight issues; collaborators included Max Jacob, Franz Hellens and Jean Teugels.

 



 


Les jumelles


 

Le sphinx de la rue de Jude
1969


 

Femme blue


 
 
La Sainte Hermanda


 

Negresse bleue


 

Medusa



 

La fenetre


 

La sauvageonne


 

La palette


 

Femme bleue


 

Maquis a Malaise
1958


 

Le voyage d'Appollonius de Tyane
1957


 

Artifiction


 

Helene


 

Le rendez vous aux baux


 

L'odyssee
1942


 

L'espri de la lune



 

Portrait d'Yvonne Crockaert


 

La magicienne caraibe


 

Circee



 

Phyme



 

Decor pour la salle a manger du Paquebot Laos
1953


 

Le language des fleurs


 

Sinthesabee
1976


 

Lucrezia


 

Devant la ville


 

The Last Way


 

Labisse


 

Belzebuth et Astart
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L'arthus des sables


 

En Joue


 

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