La Libre Esthétique

La Libre Esthétique (French; "The Free Aesthetics") was an artistic society founded in 1893 in Brussels, Belgium to continue the efforts of the artists' group Les XX dissolved the same year. To reduce conflicts between artists invited or excluded, artists were no longer admitted to the society, thus all exhibitors were now invited.

The first annual exhibition was opened on 14 February 1894, and the exhibition of 1914 was the last: a year later German troops had occupied Belgium, Brussels included.

The Annual Exhibitions, 1894-1913

All exhibitions were accompanied by a bibliophile catalogue, printed at Veuve Monnon, Brussels.


Paul Gauguin showed five paintings, one from Martinique 1887, the others from his trip to Tahiti, 1891-1893. He even traveled to Brussels to assist at the opening, and published a review.[1]



With six recent paintings by Gauguin.




  1. Paul Gauguin: Exposition de la Libre Esthétique, Essais d'art libre V, February/April 1894, pp. 30-32


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