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Musée Wiertz

Musée Wiertz (40)

Number 62, Rue Vautier, is the site of this museum devoted to the painter Antoine Wiertz, located in the same place that the artist had his studio; a studio built for him by the Belgian State, where Wiertz worked, lived and died. 

You will find here around 160 works that include paintings, sculptures and drawings, created by an artist considered to be the forerunner of Symbolism and Surrealism in Belgium.

The main room, which occupies the area of the studio itself, contains Wiertz’s most monumental creations that feature scenes from the Bible and Homer. Of all these, the work that will most capture your attention, particularly because of its height of 11 metres, is undoubtedly the one entitled “Hells Revolt against Heaven”. 

Elsewhere, in the museum’s other rooms you will come across some of the stranger works that best reflect the artist’s tortured spirit. These include the macabre “Hasty Burial” and “Hunger, Madness and Crime”, which represents a scene of poverty. 

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