Émile Verhaeren: Essays on the Northern Renaissance

Rembrandt, Rubens, Grünewald and Others- Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Albert Alhadeff

by Albert Alhadeff (Volume editor)
©2012 Monographs IX, 182 Pages
Series: Belgian Francophone Library, Volume 21


Émile Verhaeren (1855–1916), art critic, poet and homme de lettres, was a man whose vision transcended his native Belgium. With close ties to Mallarmé in France and Rilke in Germany, Verhaeren, a peripatetic student of the arts, readily traveled to Paris, Berlin, Cassel, Vienna and Amsterdam. From the mid-1880s until his death in 1916, his many trips abroad resulted in a raft of essays and short monographs on the arts of the Northern Renaissance. Yet, despite the insights, scholarship and markedly precise and revealing descriptions of these studies, they have long been neglected in art historical circles, overshadowed, perhaps, by Verhaeren’s own poetic outpourings and his numerous essays on contemporary art.
In this book, Albert Alhadeff translates, edits, annotates and contextualizes these often brilliant and always revealing studies on artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Memling, Bruegel and Grünewald, masters from the North who worked mostly in Flanders, Holland and Germany in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. As Alhadeff reveals, Verhaeren’s studies of the masters of old in Germany, Flanders and the newly born Dutch Republic are as much about Verhaeren the man as they are about the subjects of his inquiries.


IX, 182
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2012 (April)
Rembrandt Rubens Grünewald Emilie Verhaeren Art Critic Northern Renaissance
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2012. X, 182 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Albert Alhadeff (Volume editor)

Albert Alhadeff is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder; he focuses on late nineteenth-century European art. He received his Ph.D. in the history of art from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. His prior publications include works on George Minne, Constantin Meunier, Rodin and Maurice Maeterlinck.


Title: Émile Verhaeren: Essays on the Northern Renaissance