The Little Street or ‘Het Straatje’ is a painting by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). This oil painting depicts a view of a typical Delft street, with a brick house facade occupying a large part of the composition.
Paul Laffoley was an artist known for his colorful paintings mixing science and knowledge systems. His complex compositions explore different concepts and multiply questions about the universe, its origin and its functioning.
Kitaoka Fumio was a Japanese artist known for his woodblock printing representing various subjects such as post-war Japan, picturesque scenes or abstract forms.
Kawahara Keiga offers through his paintings a glimpse of the mixed and circumscribed universe in Dejima. This island was the only entry point for Dutch ships to Japan during the Edo period.
The desertic and post-apocalyptic landscapes of Zdzisław Beksiński take us into a macabre environment where the only way out is the acceptance of one’s own mortality.
Junichiro Sekino was a Japanese artist very versatile who was always exploring new techniques and subjects. He created a series on rooftops, representing them in unusual and very elaborate compositions, painting a true testimony of traditional Japanese architecture.
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian painter, representative of the Vienna Secession and iconic decorator of Viennese Art Nouveau. He’s known for his way of reinventing allegorical and symbolist imagery, but also painted a certain amount of forest landscapes. His tree paintings were mainly done at the beginning of the 20th century, when his career marked a turning point.
Tomás Sánchez is a Cuban artist renowned for his landscape paintings. He developed a contemporary interpretation of landscape painting, inviting to meditation, absorbing the viewer confronted with his loneliness in an almost spiritual process. These forests, where there is almost no living soul, are havens of peace allowing one to take refuge under the foliage of the trees.
Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist playing with preconceived perceptions of reality. His works often present two graphic interpretations, by painting the visible and the invisible, a duality that makes all the richness of his work. This duality was explored when he put the day into perspective with the night in his paintings.
In its painting production, German Orientalism did not escape the European trend and its accumulation of clichés. However, some artists were able to propose paintings representing an orient without fantasized exoticism.