The East Flanders Lys Valley has always been inspiring, especially for a range of Flemish artists. Deurle and Sint-Martens-Latem are most frequently associated with the rich art tradition that characterises the East Flanders Lys Valley. Those who walk or cycle through the villages can feel the presence of the many artists who were active and are still active today. From Constant Permeke and Roger Raveel to the Van de Woestyne brothers.
In Deinze, Sint-Martens-Latem and Zulte you'll find museums and collections with works from almost all the artists who placed their easels on the banks of the Lys River and were enchanted by the lovely landscape.
The mudel (Museum of Deinze and the Lys Valley) shows the most complete overview of famous Lys art from circa 1875 to today, with works by Emile Claus, George Minne, Albijn Van den Abeele, Albert Servaes, Constant Permeke, Raoul De Keyser, etc. This is supplemented with temporary exhibitions.
More info: www.mudel.be
The Gevaert-Minne Museum is in the middle of an extensive grassy plain in Sint-Martens-Latem. It houses a particularly rich collection of works by the most prominent members of the various Latem artist groups. Painter Edgard Gevaert married a daughter of the sculptor George Minne; they lived in this house, which has been converted into a museum. The museum displays works by his hand and prized pieces by other Latem masters.
More info: www.sint-martens-latem.be
Roger Raveel Museum
A visit to Machelen-aan-de-Leie, near Zulte, is a must for culture-lovers. Painter and graphic artist Roger Raveel, Machelen's most famous son, never left his native village despite international recognition. As a token of appreciation for his artistic career, he received his own museum. The famous architect Stéphane Beel designed an austere, white, contemporary building in harmony with the picturesque centre of Machelen. The collection of the Roger Raveel Museum consists of more than 300 paintings, 2500 drawings and a large collection of graphic art.
More info: www.rogerraveelmuseum.be