Where is the Greve River?
Théophile aka “Théo” van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) was a Belgian neo-impressionist painter, so I assumed that the Greve River was in Belgian.
A quick internet search pointed me to the southern location of Greve in Chianti, Italy, located about 31 kilometres south of Florence and 42 kilometres north of Siena. The town of Greve is named for Greve, the small, fast-flowing river that runs through it. Situated in the Chianti wine district which stretches south of Florence to just north of Siena, I can imagine the bucolic beauty of the surroundings and feel the warmth that is captured in the painting of the young woman.
Théo van Rysselberghe was a major player in the European art scene at the turn of the twentieth century. On October 28, 1883, he co-founded the Belgian artistic circle Les XX. This was a circle of young radical artists that rebelled against the status quo of the prevailing artistic standards.
Théo van Rysselberghe traveled extensively to Morocco, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. The portraits and landscapes he brought back from his trips are a testament to his insatiable curiosity and desire to capture the essence of what he saw and experienced.