The abstract movement in Belgium began in Antwerp and in Brussels at the end of World War I. In Antwerp, the movement was concentrated around the essayist Michel Seuphor and the writer Paul Van Ostaijen, the fervent defenders of the ‘Zuivere beelding’ (Pure Plasticism). In Brussels, at that moment there was another group of abstract artists active, including Victor Servanckx, who already in 1917 exhibited non-figurative work in the Galerie Georges Giroux in Brussels. Servranckx remained true to his interpretations of visual arts his whole life and was undoubtedly the most interesting figure of the abstract trend in Belgium. Sometimes his work is based upon elements from the world of industry and machinery such as here in Harbour—Opus 2, though for the most part it is purely abstract.
Harbour - Opus 2
oil on canvas