Other Literary Forms
Émile Verhaeren wrote several plays, one of which, Les Aubes (1898; The Dawn, 1898), was immediately translated into English by Arthur Symons. In the early 1880’s, Verhaeren’s art criticism, which was published in journals, had a considerable impact, popularizing Impressionism in Belgium. Throughout his life, he continued to produce criticism, treating Low Country painters of the past as well as evaluating artists of his own day. In view of Verhaeren’s deep interest in aesthetics and art history, it is no wonder that students of his poems have consistently viewed them in the light of painting and graphics.