• 30 Aug

    The Flemish Painter Jordaens Is Honored at the Petit Palais

    The Petit Palais, a fine arts museum in Paris, welcomes an exhibit on a little know Flemish painter that guests staying at one of the Sister Hotels Champs-Elysées can discover during their trip to Paris. From September 19 2013 until January 19, 2014 the museum will pay tribute to Jacob Jordaens. Despite his little known status, Jordaens is nevertheless considered to be one of the great Flemish Baroque painters alongside Rubens and Van Dyck.

    A student of Rubens, Jordaens was inspired by his master's artistic vision. In this way, he carried on the tradition of Flemish art after the deaths of both Rubens and Van Dyck,  However, the younger artist also managed to find a voice all his own — painting scenes from mythology and religion in a Venetian style. In its very first retrospective of the Flemish painter -- entitled 'Jordaens 1593 - 1678, the Pride of Antwerp' -- the Petit Palais hopes to reveal the talents of Jordaens to both inhabitants of Paris and an international audience.

    The artist benefited from a long career that lasted more than 30 years after Ruben's death, enabling him to create numerous artistic scenographies and mythological compositions. Jordaens had a talent for expressing himself in large format, filling enormous tableaus with meaning and power. Spectators will no doubt notice the epic nature of his pieces, which have been gathered from collections in various countries, including the US, Madrid, Vienna, Sweden, Jerusalem, Russia and Hungary.

    Roughly 120 of Jordaens' works will be part of this exhibit. The exhibit also seeks to educate visitors, with numerous educational excerpts accompanying the paintings. Therefore, they can learn about the history of Flemish paintings and the life of Jordaens himself.