Chemin de Croix

In 2007, the King Baudouin Foundation was able to purchase a work by Henri Blès. The painting, completed around 1525, represents the Way of the Cross, one of the artist’s favourite subjects. Blès painted several versions, all very similar to each other. This work is exceptional because of its unusual dimensions and the disproportionate size of the characters in it. Most of Henri Blès’s paintings are smaller, whilst the size of the people in the landscapes is generally three times smaller than here. Laboratory tests have confirmed the signature of Henri Blès, as well as the exceptional state of the painting’s conservation. The painting has been entrusted to the Musée Provincial des Arts Anciens du Namurois, which holds the internationally recognized reference collection of works by Henri Blès. Site Musée Provincial des Arts Anciens du Namurois Further information about the Léon Courtin-Marcelle Bouché Fund (in French)

Material / technique: 
Oil on panel
14.5 x 69 cms
Type of acquisition: 
Acquired by the Léon Courtin - Marcelle Bouché Fund
Year of acquisition: 
Depository institution: 
Musée Provincial des Arts Anciens du Namurois, Namur