Anthony Spiegeler (2017 “Elie Borgrave” p. Snoeck Editions, Ghent, Belgium) said ” In the early 1960s, the artist was headed towards an ever more radical form of abstraction, abandoning once and for all the representation of reality and turning towards the expression of his inner landscapes. He used a new formal repertory whose role would be to sublimate light and colours. The relation between these phenomena obsessed him and prompted him tu attempt a syncretism making it possible, according to him, to touch perfection and emotion”
Σ 62 Oil on canvas 146 x 114 cm
1959 Exhibition at the Galerie Synthèse in Paris : two paintings are purchased from the artist by the french Art Museum (MAM)
Σ 61 Oil on panel 37 x 30 cm
Σ 67 “Les Grands Cycles” Enamel on paper 140 x 200 cm
“There is a necessary connection between geometry, aesthetics and metaphysics. Not the purely mathematical geometry, but a symbolic and poetic geometry thar affects the expression of the eternal” Elie Borgrave
Σ 70 Oil on canvas 130 x 130 cm
In the late 1960s-1970s, Borgrave was recognized in public and private institutions. He exhibited for the second time on solo at the Palace or Fine Arts and various galleries in Brussels. He took part in major collective shows in the Belgian pavilion at the World Fairs held in Montreal and Osaka, and at the Salon de Mai in Paris.
Over the years, the cosmic circles disappeared to make way for syncopated geometrical forms, in a new rythm. Large coloured expanses were traversed by luminous bursts.
“The line is no longer, as in classical geometry, the appearance of a being on the void of the bottom; it is, as in moderate geometries, restriction, segregation, modulation of spatiality.” Elie Borgrave
Σ 77 Oil on canvas 63 x 77 cm
Σ 71 Oil on canvas 50 x 60 cm
“Melody is the clash of colours, while harmony comes from different values of one and the same colour. For a layman, broxn is a colour. For me, brown is the addition of red and orange. This is why my paintings are monochrome, which is to say quests of variants of a colour”