Jean-Jacques Gailliard ( Brussels 1890 - Brussels 1976 )
The dancers, 1925
Oil on canvas
855 x 510 mm
Signed at the bottom right and on the back text on the chassis ' Les Danseurs ' Jean-Jacques Gaillard, 41 rue Royale, Bruxelles, Belgique
 
Provenance:
Edmond Vandercammen, gift of the artist
J.p. Pickard
Winston Spriet, Brussels
Jacques Schroeder, Brussels
Gallery Seghers, Oostende
 
Exhibitions:
Brussels, Galerie Maldoror, La Lanterne Sourde, 1925
Brussels, Galerie d'Arenberg, Exposition du Groupe l'Assaut, 1927
Paris, Éditions Bonaparte, Exposition d'Art abstrait, 1929
Brussels Gallery Armorial, Jean-Jacques Gaillard, 1979
Ittre, Museum Marthe Donas, Marthe Donas avec la groupe L'Assaut, 2013
Knokke, Gallery Ronny Van de Velde, from nature to abstraction, 2016
Knokke, Gallery Ronny Van de Velde, 7 arts, 2017
Knokke, Huib Hostes Huis, Huib Hoste en zijn tijdgenoten. Belgische Avant-Garde 1914-1930, 2018
 
Literature:
Gallery d'Arenberg, Exposition du Groupe l'Assaut, Brussels, 1927, ill. in black and white
Simeon Valentin, De sikkel, Monographie de l'Art Belge – Jean-Jacques Gaillard, Antwerp, 1949, no. 8
Serge Goyens de Heusch, Le Groupe l'Assaut et Marthe Donas dans les années 1920, 2013, ill. in color
Alfonso Enrique Diaz de Villegas/Xavier Canonne, Marot, 2014, Jean-Jacques Gaillard, p. 132 ill. in color
Jan Ceuleers, Gallery Ronny Van de Velde, from nature to abstraction, Knokke, 2016, pp. 158-159
Xavier Cannone, 7 Arts, 1922-1928, Gallery Ronny Van de Velde, Knokke, 2017, p. 112-113 ill.
Peter J.H. Pauwels, Pauwels, Huib Hoste en zijn tijdgenoten. Belgische Avant-Garde 1914-1930, Knokke, Gallery Ronny Van de Velde/Delen Private Bank, 2018, pp.118-119
 
Artist Biography:
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
 

The dancers, 1925