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Les primitifs et l'oeuvre de Joris-Karl Huysmans Maingon, Charles

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The interest Joris-Karl Huysmans showed for the Flemish, German and Italian Primitives played a large role in his works and life. His own Flemish origins coupled with the artistic and literary trends of his day contributed to his interest for the art of the XVth and XVIth centuries. His style was admirably suited for describing and commenting the paintings and sculptures of the end of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. A forerunner of Symbolism, he found himself at the crossroads of Impressionism and Expressionism. His influence on the writers and painters of the late XlXth and early XXth centuries cannot be denied. A worthy successor to Baudelaire, he showed how closely Art and Literature were related.

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