Though Jan Van Beers has gone down in history as a painter, during his lifetime this artist from Lier was best known as an ambitious society figure.
Realistic details characterize his work, which sometimes looks photographic, even to the extent that Van Beers was suspected of copying photographs and also of painting over them. Van Beers took his adversaries to court and had his work examined by experts. The outcome was inconclusive.
The exhibition presents a selection of Jan Van Beers’ eclectic oeuvre and sheds light on the artist's turbulent life.