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The Man in the Chair, 1875 (oil on canvas)

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The Man in the Chair, 1875 (oil on canvas)

471148 The Man in the Chair, 1875 (oil on canvas) by Braekeleer, Henri de (1840-88); 79x63 cm; Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium; (add.info.: exhibited under the title "Room in the Brouwershuis"
Brewers House arranged through an ingenious system the water of the surrounding breweries and dates from the sixteenth century. The room is presented here as a contemporary antique curio. The old man emphasizes the desolation and faded glory of the place. bove him hanging a St. Arnolfus figurine and seventeenth-century mythological painting.); © Art in Flanders

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© Art in Flanders / Bridgeman Images

Analogy Brewery Direct Gaze Dozy Drowsy Elderly Man Figurine Head In Hand Old Age Old Couple Old Person Old Woman Open Window Patterns Senior Adult Sleepiness Somnolence Statuette Tired Tired Out Tiredness Tiring Wallpaper Weariness Weary Old Man Symbols


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The Man in the Chair, 1875" is a captivating oil painting by Henri de Braekeleer that depicts an old man seated in a room filled with symbols of age and faded glory. The room, known as "Room in the Brouwershuis" was part of an ingenious system that utilized water from surrounding breweries dating back to the sixteenth century. In this contemporary antique curio, the desolation and weariness of the place are emphasized by the presence of the elderly man. With his head resting on his hand, he gazes directly at us, conveying a sense of tiredness and contemplation. The room itself is adorned with various decorative elements such as wallpaper patterns and ornate furniture. Above the old man hangs a St. Arnolfus figurine and a seventeenth-century mythological painting, adding to the symbolic nature of this composition. Through this artwork, Braekeleer invites us to reflect on themes of aging, history, and symbolism. The worn-out chair represents not only physical fatigue but also metaphorical exhaustion. It serves as an analogy for life's journey and reminds us of our own mortality. "The Man in the Chair" captures both melancholy and beauty within its brushstrokes. It transports viewers to another time while evoking emotions that resonate across generations. This print offers a glimpse into art history's rich tapestry while reminding us to appreciate every moment we have in our own chairs.

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