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Monument for 1302, 2006

Jan Van Imschoot, BE
670 x 727 cm, oil on canvas
In his 2006 painting Monument for 1302 in Kortrijk's historic city hall, he evokes the spirit of the 1302 Battle of the Golden Spurs in Kortrijk in contemporary form. The mural links this historical battle with the 19th and 20th century reimagining of it. One angle is the contrast between Hendrik Conscience, who was commissioned by Leopold I to write the historical novel The Lion of Flanders in 1838 and Ernest Claes, whose young character Whitey is seen reading The Lion of Flanders and reenacting the Battle of the Golden Spurs in the Flemish 1969 television series 'We, Gentlemen of Zichem'. Van Imschoot was inspired by the tension between Flemish ethnic nationalism and Belgian state nationalism. The Flemish character of Whitey gave him the idea of depicting the Battle of the Golden Spurs as a children's game. He therefore presents the Flemish as girls and the French as boys in the battle. Van Imschoot used photos of real boys and girls from Kortrijk for this.

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