Adriaen Brouwer, generally accepted to be born in Oudenaarde, was the son of a tapestry cartoon painter. From an art-historical point of view, Brouwer’s works are of an exceptional importance: he is the bridging figure between the sixteenth-century Bruegel tradition and the landscape and genre scenes of the seventeenth century. Despite the fame he enjoyed during his lifetime, the artist (still) has not reached the fame of contemporaries like Rubens or Van Dyck today. Yet he was very talented and his works highly estimated; among others Rubens and Rembrandt were enthusiastic collectors. Brouwer was one of the most creative and innovative artists of his time.
Brouwer is an integral part of the cultural identity of Oudenaarde and Flanders; his name echoes in various products and events. The exhibition in the MOU Museum will be the first monographic show gathering a large amount of the artist’s oeuvre. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.