In CHARLEROI, we went to the Palais des Beaux Arts. Both an art museum and a concert hall, it seems to be more of the later than the former. Above the entry to the concert hall is a set/series of small sculptures that may be by Ossip Zadkine.
Inside is an interesting collection of paintings:
|Hiercheuse descendant à la fosse by Constantin Meunier|
|L'Annonciation by Paul Delvaux, 1955|
|Masques by James Ensor, c 1876|
|Portrait de jeune nord-africaine by Jean-Francois Portaels, 1874|
|Les rivageuses a Dampremy by Georges Brasseur, c 1923-26|
But it was the examples by René Magritte that stood out:
|Baigneusse by René Magritte, 1925|
|L'empire de la relexion by René Magritte, 1938|
|La liberte de l'esprit by René Magritte|
|A mon poete wallon by René Magritte, 1919|
|Portrait of Pierre Bourgeois by René Magritte, 1920|
Here are a few more pics from Charleroi:
|Au Pigeon Soldat by Alphonse Darville, 1951|
|Notre Dame Cafe murals by Boulmant and Bousin, 1953|
|Queen Astrid by Victor Demanet, 1935|
|Nids by Valerie and Thierry Teneul, 2018|
|L'Artbri Cubique by Isabelle Aubry and Pierre Guilloteau, 2018|
|Bourgeons by Jonathan Bernard, 2018|
|Into the Open by Roger Rigorth, 2018|
DURBUY claims to be the "Smallest City in the World" but I seriously doubt it, as there were so many stone buildings filled with restaurants and shops.
There was also the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Durbuy which was small and had only one show featuring two locally-connected artists.
|Reine de la nuit by Gilbert Laloux, 2014|
|La Chaise Dieu by Marcel Lucas, 2005|
LIÉGE is an interesting city. Split by the River Meuse, it is the birthplace of Charlemagne, the Boulette (a large meatball featuring Sirop de Liège), and a superior waffle to the Brussels-style.
We began in what was supposed to be a sculpture park (musée de plein air), but discovered that they only had three pieces. We could only find two.
|L'angle vert by Freddy Wybanx, 1967|
|La Joie de Vivre by Rik Woulters|
Beautiful work around the city:
|Guadeloupe by Auguste Mambour, 1924|
|La Parisienne japonaise by Alfred Stevens, c 1872-74|
|Femme au corset rouge by Adren de Witte, 1880|
|Tete de jeune femme by André Derain, 1934.|
|Tête de femme by Maurice Marinot, 1905|
|L'univers interdit by René Magritte, 1943.|
|L'homme de la rue by Paul Delvaux, 1940|
|La Violoniste by Kees van Dongen, c 1920|
|Portrait de jeune fille by Marie Laurencin, 1924|
|Le Dejeuner by Jules Pascin, 1923|
|L'incantation by Félicien Rops, c 1878|
There was also a show of work by Fernand Flausch:
|Clic Clic by Fernand Flausch, 2012|
|T'es qui toi by Fernand Flausch, 2012|
|Le Repos by Fernand Flausch, 2009|
|train station by Santiago Calatrava|
|Looks like there is an artisan confrérie.|
Returned to Liège for Fetons le 15 Aout. What began as a celebration honoring Mary's Ascension is mostly about drinking "peket," the local firewater made from juniper berries, like gin.
|Les Sangliers d'Arlon|
Another day we visited NAMUR and, after taking pictures of Bayard and the Four Sons of Aymon by Oliver Strebelle (1957) which overlooks the Meuse and the statue of the Namur Stilt Jousters by Guy Leclercq (1999), we stopped in at the Musée de Félicien Rops (1833-98).
We found two floors and several rooms of Rops paintings, drawings, photos, etc. Seemed pretty well done. Plenty of skeletons and other horrid things. Plenty of near-porn. Even a few landscapes. Old Félicien was a fairly strange guy.
|La Dame au pantin by Félicien Rops|
|Dimanche a Bougival ou Dernier emoi by Félicien Rops, 1876|
|La Chronique by Félicien Rops, 1872|
|Le Sphinx by Félicien Rops, 1879|
|from a series of sketches of honest, working people by Félicien Rops, 1878-81|
|Les Gaillardes d'arriere by Félicien Rops|
|La Dame aux bulles ou La Femme aux ballons by Félicien Rops|
|Pornocrates by Félicien Rops, 1896|
|Djospeh and Françwès by Suzanne Godard, 2000|
|Dolmen de Wéris|
|by Jean Delcourt, 2008|
|Djan-Djan, from 1400 C.E.|
|sans titre by Pierre Caille|
Ath is known as the "City of Géants," and La Ducasse is why. This holiday dates to the 14th century and celebrates the victory of David over Goliath, yet everyone cheers when Goliath gets married and kisses his mate. After he is defeated. There is even one night where they burn Goliath's underwear.
On Thursday there was the archery competition overseen by the giant Archer.
In case you were wondering, they shoot rubber-tipped arrows into a cage containing feathers that they can knock down. Much safer. Then there was the big parade on Sunday:
|Goliath and his bride.|
|Sharing a kiss.|
|Bayard carrying the four sons of Aymon.|