At a château-turned-studio in rural Belgium, Annick Weber meets the enigmatic artist whose twisted imagination is revitalizing figurative painting.
“Can you believe this used to be a car park?” Michaël Borremans asks, looking out onto the vast expanse of greenery unfolding before him. It’s hard to picture the daisy-dotted back garden of the painter’s countryside studio covered in a blanket of concrete. And yet, such was the case nine years ago, when Borremans bought the 19th-century property—formerly a baron’s hunting château—as a rural alternative to his primary studio in Ghent. Today, the site is a tableau of serenity. Ancient
Photography:Marsý Hild Þórsdóttir
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