Art: Edgard the Odd

Outside Belgium, Edgard Tytgat is not a particularly well-known painter, but in his native Brussels he rates tops. Last week Brussels' Palais des Beaux Arts was staging its fourth Tytgat (rhymes with Pete got) retrospective in 20 years. As usual, the critics smiled dreamily on his work. Sample comments:

"A sort of Peter Pan of painting."

"An element of good humor and young buffoonery streams into the soul and spirit of exhibition visitors."

"His universe [is] like Jehovah's at the end of the sixth day of creation."

"In the end, his art is sublime folklore and his style that of a genial Sunday painter."

The exhibition's...

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