Spring - George Grard

8300 Knokke

About the artwork

This work ignores the spectator’s gaze. The pure artistic emotion does not sketch a woman in her youth, rather youth in itself, detached from any personal narrative. The abstraction of certain details results in an even more intense form of expression, with the hesitant buds serving as a metaphor for art itself.

About the artist

During his lifetime, George Grard was in close contact with many artists, including Paul Delvaux, Albert Dasnoy, Edgard Tytgat and the brothers Paul and Luc Haesaerts. In 1930, he was awarded the Rubens Prize by the Brussels Palace of Fine Arts. The artist was a classicist who would effortlessly play on the subject of tension between academic approaches and experimentation. Grard saw the female nude as a symbol of nature.