Theo van Rysselberghe, was a dynamic figure of Belgian painting and on October 28, 1883 became a co-founder of the prominent artistic circle “Les XX.” Van Rysselberghe began as an Orientalist, painting and drawing scenes of Morocco during his travels there. Throughout his career and with his involvement with “Les XX,” he became friends with Fernand Khnopff, Henri van de Velde, James Ensor, Felicien Rops, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, and others.
In 1886, after he encountered George Seurat’s "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte," now exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, he converted to neo-Impressionism-Pointillism. Though he is considered one of the greatest neo-Impressionist painters, most of his works are still held in French and Belgian private collections.
His work here, now exhibited at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in PAN: Prints of Avant-Gard Europe, 1895-1900, is a lithographic portrait of the French Symbolist poet Henri de Régnier (1864-1926).
Theo van Rysselberghe (Belgian, 1862 - 1926), Portrait of Henri de Régnier, 1898. Published in PAN Volume IV, Issue 1, 1898. Lithograph.