Xavier Mellery(Laken 1845 - Laken 1921)
Marken triptych, ca 1882-84
a. Marken, ca 1882-84
Charcoal, pencil and ink on paper, 26 x 33,5 cm
Signed lower left.
b. Marken, ca 1882-84
Charcoal, pencil and ink on paper, 26 x 32,5 cm
Signed lower left.
c. Marken, ca 1882-84
Charcoal, pencil and ink on paper, 25,3 x 34,5 cm
Signed lower left.
 
Mellery’s academically trained artistry led Charles De Coster’s commissioning him in 1879 to make illustrations intended to accompany a study concerning the Zeeland island of Marken (in the Netherlands). At that time not yet a tourist trap, Marken was a locality where a fisher’s colony still was able to maintain its customs
and mores. Mellery is struck by the islanders’ pride and integrity; his still realistic works evoke the threatened genuineness that he continually seeks out in intimate interiors and in designs for wall decorations. He already strives for the quiet of a dam erected against the ubiquitous hubbub.
 
Provenance:
Private collection, Brussels
 
Exhibitions:
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, Xavier Mellery: De ziel der dingen,
Brussels, Musée d’Ixelles, 2000 Xavier Mellery: L’âme des choses
 
Literature:
Vincent Vanhamme, Xavier Mellery: De ziel der dingen, Zwolle, 2000, ill. p.103