A prominent figure in Brabant’s Fauvism, Rik Wouters brought us brilliant and colorful art, far from the dramas that marked his existence until his early death in 1916 at the age of 33. Rik Wouters equally mastered painting, sculpting and drawing: his extraordinary career has made him an essential representative of Modern Art in Belgium.

The retrospective exhibition organized by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, in partnership with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, is exceptional. For the first time, the two museums bring together in one exhibition the most important collection of works by the illustrious Belgian artist of the early 20th century. Rare loans from private collections and major international museums complete the ensemble. This major exhibition closes the series of tributes linked to the centenary of the artist’s death.

The art of Rik Wouters is above all an abundance of colors and authentic, simple, touching subjects. Through his visual language, the construction of his subjects and the luminous richness of his palette, he developed an avant-garde style, while also being associated with artists like Ensor, then Cézanne and even Renoir. Rik Wouters was quickly appreciated by his contemporaries; his dazzling talent, although obstructed early on by the Great War and his illness, bequeaths to us a fascinating and masterful artistic legacy.


Every visitor, tall or small, can get creative in a unique Rik Wouters inspired workshop, situated at the start of the exhibition. Easels, a large table and mirrors allow you to play with Wouters’ subjects. The workshop is accessible for free during the opening hours of the exhibition and there will be staff helping you with your artistic endeavours every Saturday and Sunday between 2 and 6 p.m.

This workshop area was made possible thanks to the support of the Maecenas Circle.
The support during the weekends is provided by Become a Friend.
In partnership with Recyclart - FABRIK


Rik Wouters. A Retrospective
This edition by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium offers an overview of the works displayed during this unique retrospective exhibition.

Authors: Frederik Leen, Francisca Vandepitte, Stefaan Hautekeete, Michel Draguet, Manfred Sellink, Herwig Todts, Olivier Bertrand

In coedition with Somogy Éditions d’Art.
304 pages - 25 x 28 cm - 250 illustrations - 2017 - €39
9782757212486 / EAN: 9782757212486

The digital edition of this catalogue is available through our partner musebooks.world. 9782757212813 / EAN: 9782757212813 - €14.95

Practical informations


Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 508 32 11


Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Weekends: 11:00 - 18:00

The ticket offices close at 16:30 during the week and at 17:30 during the weekends

Closed: Mondays and 01.05.2017


Individuals (*WiTH audiogUIDE)


Adult €14,50
Senior (+65 years) €12,50
Child / Youth (-26 years) €8,00
Belgian school teachers €8,00
Person with a physical or mental disability + leader €8,00
Friends of the RMFAB / Press / ICOM €0,00

GroUps (*WiTH audiogUIDE)


Adult (min. 15 persons of more) €10,50
School group (6-25 years) €3,50

* Audioguides are available in French, Dutch and English. Download the audio guide transcription here.

B-Excursion : « Train + Admission » 

 Purchase your tickets online. The free tickets are available on site at the cash registers (Rue de la Régence 3 – 1000 Brussels) or, for school groups and guided visits, by reservation (reservation@fine-arts-museum.be).