Jehan FRISON ( 1882 – 1961)

A fauve interior scene from 1904 by Belgian painter Jehan Frison. A moment of intimacy revealed in generous, colorful impasto.

Oil on canvas
Inscribed on the back “Sunset” and dated June 1904
Dimensions: 65 x 54 cm
With frame: 80 x 69 cm

Jehan Frison, a lush colorist and a master of materials.

A precursor of Brabant Fauvism, the artist used bright, vivid colors, blending both warm and cool hues. Blues, purples, oranges and mahogany illuminate the canvas.
The material is characterized by generous impasto.
The sculpted patterns of the tablecloths, curtains and floorboards lend a vibrant intensity to the canvas.

Interior scene, intimate painting

Interior scenes are one of his favorite subjects; a moment of intimacy revealed. We can imagine that this is the artist’s home, and that the snack served on the table is intended for him.
The subject of the empty chair in painting is a subject of exploration for many artists. From Gauguin, Picasso, Degas and Matisse to Vincent Van Gogh’s famous “Van Gogh’s flesh” (1888).


Jehan Frison began his studies at the Académie de Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, then, from 1896 to 1902, continued his training at the Académie royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
It was at the Brussels academy that he met Rik Wouters.
The two artists enjoy a friendly relationship.
They also held a joint exhibition with friends from the Cercle d’art Rietkamerke in Brussels, at Galerie Boute, rue Royale, from January 19 to 27, 19073.
It was during the activities of the free studio L’Effort (in opposition to academic normativism) that Jehan Frison befriended its figurehead, the Fauvist painter Auguste Oleffe.
Historian Paul Colin cites J. Frison alongside Rodolphe Strebelle and Arthur Navez as one of the three best painters who, following in the footsteps of A. Oleffe, developed a strong and singular art.
Jehan Frison also has a long-standing friendship with graphic artist Pol Craps, and was a member of the Cercle artistique d’Auderghem.
He settled in Linkebeek in 1913 and remained there until his death on October 22, 1961. His travels took him to France, England and Italy, and on two occasions he visited Morocco, a country for which he had a particular admiration, and from which he drew the subject of numerous paintings of Orientalist scenes and wadi landscapes.


1907: Rietkamerke (Cercle d’Art), January 19 to 27, Brussels3.
1907: les Indépendants (Cercle d’Art), IVth annual show, Brussels8.
1911: les Indépendants (Cercle d’Art), 8th annual show, June 10 to July 3, Brussels.
1912: Salon de l’Estampe, 6th annual show, January 6 to 28, Brussels3.
1912: les Bleus de la GGG, Galerie Georges Giroux, Brussels.
1914: Salon de la Libre Esthétique, Brussels.
1915: Salon d’Automne, Musée Moderne, Brussels7.
1920: Cercle Artistique et Littéraire de Bruxelles (with Auguste Danse).
1920: Venice International Biennale (Italy).


– Robert de Bendère, Jehan Frison, collection “Artistes aujourd’hui”, 1923, Paris-Bruxelles, éditions Gauloise.
– Schatten uit Dinant (tentoonstellingscatalogus), Ostend: Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium[pas clair], 1992.
– Le dictionnaire des peintres belges du XIVe siècle à nos jours, Brussels, 1994.
– V. Devillez, Kunst aan de orde. Kunst en politiek in België, Brussels, 2002.(de) Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, deel 45, München-Leipzig, 2005.


– Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
– Charlier Museum
– Ixelles Museum