1930 · Belgium
Marthe Wéry is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in Belgium. Marthe Wéry was born in 1930. Also born in Belgium around 1930 and of the same generation are Marcel Broodthaers, Pierre Alechinsky and Jean-Michel Folon.
Marthe Wéry's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition PRESQUE RIEN at Geukens & De Vil in Antwerp, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 19 January 2019 until 01 March 2019. Marthe Wéry's only other exhibition is Tour & Taxis, which took place at Slewe Galerie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (07 April 2018 - 26 May 2018).
Historical Context of Belgium
Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the modest country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as a vibrant and innovative artistic centre in the later part of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were crucial in the unfolding of Surrealism in the 1930s, mainly through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Greatly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a prominent artistic trend, early precursor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the era of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the end of the nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders.
Further Biographical Context for Marthe Wéry
Born in 1930, Marthe Wéry was largely influenced by the 1950s growing up. New York City became the focus for modernism on an international scale during the Post-War period. Many artists had travelled to the city during the Second World War, fleeing in exile from Europe. This led to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists whilst in New York, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many subsequent decades. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were influential artists of this period. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to acknowledge the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.