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Antoon van Welie (1866-1956, The Netherlands)

Van Welie was a Dutch painter bridging a range of late 19th century and early modern styles. His best-known portraits of women show an influence of Pre-Raphaelism and Academicism, but his style came to absorb elements of Symbolism, Luminism and Post-Impressionism. He has been described as “the last decadent painter”, referring to a movement of art and literature that emphasised man and its creation over nature, ennui over morality, and transgressive or sumptuous qualities opposed to those who professed ‘good taste’.