Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts
The Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts (ARBA) is an art school in Brussels, Belgium, founded in 1711.
Originally housed in a single room in the city hall, in 1876 the school moved to a former convent and orphanage in the Rue du Midi, rehabilitated by the city architect Pierre-Victor Jamaer and where the school still operates.
The faculty and alumni of ARBA include some of the most famous names in Belgian painting, sculpture, and architecture:
Painter Vincent van Gogh studied here, briefly, beginning in late 1880, to improve his grasp of anatomy, composition, and perspective.
The most notable directors of the school have included:
- François-Joseph Navez (1835–1862)
- Louis Gallait (later 19th century)
- Jean-François Portaels (beginning 1878)
- artist Joseph Stallaert (1895–1898)
- Charles van der Stappen (early 20th century)
- Jacques de Lalaing (1904–1913)
- Victor Rousseau (1919–1922)
- Victor Horta (1927–1931)
- architect Henry Lacoste (1954–1957)
- Paul Delvaux (1965–1966)
The school is sometimes confused with The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium, a separate institution, and the French Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, part of the Institut de France.
- "300 years of history of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts". City of Brussels. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
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