I have to admit, before visiting the museum I didn't know anything about Constantin Meunier. The museum attendant, a very kind person, welcomed me and told me that I am the first visitor that day. By the end of the visit, it turned out that I was also the only one. Maybe because of this, the museum attendant had time and we were able to chat for a while. He gave me useful information about the place I visited and recommended me another art museum in the city.
At the age of 14, Constantin Meunier began his studies in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. He was a student of the Academy for three years and then continued his studies in private. At the beginning, his successes as a sculptor were modest. His encounter with the French painter Gustave Courbet would change its orientation, taking up painting and remaining consecrated to it for the next 30 years. From the pieces on display in the museum, my opinion is that he was, however, a good sculptor rather than a painter. He portrayed in his works, both in painting and sculpture, but especially in the latter, the hard working person, woman or man, worker in agriculture, industry, or mining.
I was pleasantly surprised by the museum and I was glad that being alone, I could freely admire the exhibited works.