'Le Grand Meaulnes', the début novel of Alain-Fournier, appeared in October 1913, on the eve of the First World War. The press was strikingly positive and a few months after its first print, the book was proposed for the prestigious Prix Goncourt. Until far into the twentieth century, the book was on the list of 'compulsory French literature' in our schools, and it is still in the top ten of the best and most influential novels ever published in France. Our staring-point was that this is the book for the castle, and that the castle is the place for this exhibition. The story structure gave rise, as it were, in a true 'natural', organic way to a number of connections with the building. The crucial scenes from the novel are laid out over the castle rooms like 'stations' that propel the action. These are populated with paintings by Gerold Van de Perre, who has a particular affinity with the late nineteenth century and the period around the First World War, as is shown in his revent work.
Gerolf Van de Perre - Vous etes belle: In search of a lost youth (Gaasbeek Castle)


Kasteelstraat 40
1750 Gaasbeek


From Thursday, September 8, 2016
To Sunday, November 6, 2016


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