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Charles Dekeukeleire, André Cauvin, Paul Haesaerts, Pierre Alechinsky, Henri Storck & Luc de Heusch

The 1940s and 1950s can be considered the heyday of the experimental art film. In that era, leading filmmakers such as Alain Resnais, Henri Alekan and Henri-Georges Clouzot presented the art documentary as a  truly experimental genre that enabled them to combine cinematic experiments with artistic profundity. Also Belgian filmmakers such as Charles Dekeukeleire, André Cauvin, Henri Storck, Paul Haesaerts, and Luc de Heusch among others made important contributions to the development of the art film. Their films were clearly more than mere camera registrations of artworks but attempted at translating the perception of the original artworks into a truly cinematic experience. While some of their films demonstrated that cinema could become a useful tool for art analysis, others focused on the representation of artists such as Picasso, Magritte, Delvaux, Alechinksy, and Dotremont at work. Closely connected to or inspired by avant-garde currents such as Surrealism or CoBrA, these filmmakers were convinced that films on art should also be ‘art films’ in themselves, which are characterized by a self-conscious modernist or avant-garde aesthetic.

This publication brings together 3 DVD’s with 19 of the most important films and a book with an essay by Steven Jacobs on the experimental art film in Belgium. Steven Jacobs is art historian specialised in photography and film. He is author of The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock (010 Publishers, 2007) and Framing Pictures: Film and the Visual Arts (Edinburgh University Press, 2011). He teaches modern and contemporary art at the department of Art-, Music- and Theatre Studies of Ghent University, Belgium.



Thèmes d’inspiration
Charles Dekeukeleire, 1938 – 9′
L’Agneau mystique
André Cauvin, 1939 – 8′
Le retour de l’Agneau mystique
André Cauvin, 1946- 10′
Hans Memling, peintre de la Vierge
André Cauvin, 1939 – 11′
Visite à Picasso
Paul Haesaerts, 1950 – 20′
De Renoir à Picasso
Paul Haesaerts, 1950 – 30′
Quatre peintres belges au travail
Paul Haesaerts, 1952 – 34′
Calligraphie Japonaise
Pierre Alechinsky, 1956 – 16′


DVD 2 – Henri Storck

Le monde de Paul Delvaux
Henri Storck, 1944-46 – 11′
Réunion d’artistes
Henri Storck, 1945 – 3′
Henri Storck / Paul Haesaerts, 1948 – 64′
La fenêtre ouverte
Henri Storck, 1952 – 19′
Paul Delvaux ou les femmes défendues
Henri Storck, 1969-70 – 26′
Herman Teirlinck
Henri Storck, 1953 – 54′


DVD 3 – Luc de Heusch

Magritte ou la leçon des choses
Luc de Heusch, 1960 – 14′
Alechinsky d’après nature
Luc de Heusch, 1970 – 20′
Luc de Heusch, 1972 – 14′
Je suis fou, je suis sot, je suis méchant. Autoportrait de James Ensor
Luc de Heusch, 1990 – 54′
Michel De Ghelderode
Luc de Heusch, 1957 – 21′


Buying a Box

DVD box can  can be bought at the Fonds Henri Storck 45 €    or be paid via bank transfer.

55 € (45 € + 10 € shipping costs Belgium)
60 € (45 € + 15 € shipping costs overseas and abroard)

Transfer the exact amount (see our catalogue below) on the following account, please do not forget to mention your address details and the DVD title(s) by using keywords.
Fonds Henri Storck
avenue de l’art 19F
1000 Brussels
IBAN BE28 2100 6792 5920

The package should arrive within 2 weeks


Are also available separately:
Art & Cinéma – Henri Storck (19€)  and Art & Cinéma – Luc de Heusch (15€)


Technical Info

3 DVD’s
PAL / All regions / 425 min.
Languages French, Dutch, English
Subtitles Dutch, French, English

Essay by Steven Jacobs in English, French and Dutch