Jean-Jacques Gailliard ( Brussels 1890 - Brussels 1976 )

Jean-Jacques Gailliard, roguish, mysterious, with a strong intellectual character, searching for the meaning of life and things, with works in which the pictorial is bestowed with literary meaning, has left an oeuvre whose deeper meaning is not always easily decipherable. An important source of inspiration was the Swedish theologian Emmanuel Swedenborg, who wrote books about life after death and the mind leaving the body. The colour white plays a prominent role in the work of Jean-Jacques Gailliard and refers to Swedenborg’s idea that sees white as the colour of death and new life. The presence/absence of the human figure in the interiors and still lifes and the search for the essence of things are expressions of Gailliards' thinking on the subject. The many animated conversations with friends like James Ensor, Michel de Ghelderode or Victor Servranckx were often a source of inspiration as well. Socio-critical themes are often implicitly present in his work; take for example the Cyclopes which represent the one-dimensional gaze. It is, however, in the first place the joy and the love of drawing and painting that have inspired his work. His love for woman, his affection for his family, gaining knowledge