Theo Van Rysselberghe - La Pergola (La Mortola ?)

Theo Van Rysselberghe - La Pergola (La Mortola ?) - image-1
Theo Van Rysselberghe - La Pergola (La Mortola ?) - image-1

Theo Van Rysselberghe

La Pergola (La Mortola ?)
1917 - 1926

Oil on canvas 46 x 61.5 cm Framed. Monogrammed "VR" in pencil lower left by an unknown hand. - In good condition with fresh colours. With few professional retouchings in the right lower corner.

Between 1917 and 1926, van Rysselberghe created a series of 17 works to decorate the Chateau du Pachy near to the Belgian town of Mariemont. This small palace was designed by Théo's brother, the architect Octave van Rysselberghe. Our piece is probably a study for the large format painting “La Pergola” (cf. Feltkamp P-025). According to Ronald Feltkamp, this work was commissioned by the influential industrialist and politician Léon Guinotte (1879-1950), and a portrait also exists showing three daughters of the Guinotte family's nine children. Léon Guinotte owned several coal mines in Mariemont and the surrounding area.
At that time, the artist's source of inspiration was the private park "Mortola" on the French-Italian border. Van Rysselberghe lived not far from this park in the southern French town of Le Clair. Following the move here, his style developed from pure pointillism to a more moderate impressionism combining broad brushstrokes in varying directions with the small dots typical of neo-impressionism. Van Rysselberghe had a penchant for charming combinations of various shades of green and purple, which in this work are broken up by small dashes of vibrant red and bright orange. The artist has also deliberately left some patches window-like white, in order to let the painted scene appear flooded with light. Nature is depicted in such verdant opulence that one almost wonders whether the artist has depicted reality or an idealised image, providing it with an almost abstract character.

Catalogue Raisonné

Feltkamp P-027


We would like to thank Ronald Feltkamp, Brussels, for his kind additional information dated 15 March 2014.


Maria van Rysselberghe; Hugo Perls Gallery New York; Sotheby's New York 22.10.1976; Sotheby's New York, 15.12.1983, lot 409; Guttmann, Los Angeles; Galerij Van Rijn, Maastricht; Collection Dr. Dohmen, Aachen (purchased in 1986); Private collection, Rhineland

Lot 303 Dα

25.000 € - 30.000 €

32.940 €