Opus 20


Victor Servranckx
Diegem 1897 – Vilvoorde 1965
Oil on canvas
70 x 45 cm
Inventory number 3142

A new era, a new vision, and a new visual language. As a member of the Brussels avant-garde, Victor Servranckx was struck by the innovative artistic concepts that emerged across Europe around World War I. His work evolved towards non-figurative imagery quite early on, and he became one of the first Belgian exponents and champions of abstract art. At the age of only twenty, he participated with entirely abstract work in a group exhibition at the Giroux gallery in Brussels. From around 1920, he abandoned all sense of perspective, as is apparent in Opus 20, a work in which geometric, abstract forms prevail. It is a rigidly constructed, balanced composition in subdued hues that have been applied with almost technical precision. The fine silver contours that partially outline each of the rectangles add a frivolous touch.

Man with a message

In 1922, the year in which Servranckx created Opus 20, he and René Magritte co-authored an artistic manifesto entitled ‘L’Art Pur’. The two artists had become friends at the wallpaper mill where they used to work as designers. Servranckx saw the manifesto as a vehicle for promoting his avant-garde vision among fellow artists.

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