Adagio (c.1929). Georges Antoine van Zevenberghen (Belgian 1877-1956). Oil on canvas.
In a slow tempo, or adagio, the ladies play music and sing. The lady on the left plays the piano, and a double bass is in the foreground, presumably to be played by the second lady. The bust of a composer, perhaps Beethoven, gives inspiration to the two ladies.
Le Manet (1922). Georges Antoine van Zevenberghen (Belgian, 1877-1968). Oil on canvas.
The artist’s two daughters are in front of Manet’s celebrated painting Argenteuil (1874) in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tournai. Argenteuil was acquired from the artist’s widow by Henri Van Cutsem, the great benefactor of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tournai, in 1889 and remains today one of their most celebrated paintings.