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Jan Van Imschoot, La création d’un paon (Argusmentation) (The Creation of a Peacock [Argusment]), 2016, triptych, oil on canvas, each 77 × 51 1/4".

Jan Van Imschoot

Galerie Templon | Brussels

Jan Van Imschoot, La création d’un paon (Argusmentation) (The Creation of a Peacock [Argusment]), 2016, triptych, oil on canvas, each 77 × 51 1/4".

Jan Van Imschoot is an artist’s artist, admired and respected by his colleagues but, regrettably, little known to a broader audience. The fact that he has opted for a kind of voluntary exile in the countryside of northern France doesn’t help either. But he is one of the best Flemish painters of his generation. For his latest exhibition, “Le jugement de Pâris à Bruxelles” (The Judgment of Paris in Brussels), he took a cue from Greek mythology. Paris was the Trojan shepherd prince who had to judge which of the Greek goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite deserved the golden apple with the inscription “For the fairest one.” The scene has been painted many times through the centuries, most notably by Rubens; as late as 1908 Renoir created his version. For Van Imschoot, the Judgment of Paris has a completely different meaning. By adding the words à Bruxelles, Van Imschoot makes clear

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