Tucked away in a little house on the banks of the Schelde, this museum is easy to miss. Popular coffee-table art books and art calenders are not the place to find Mieghem's work but his pictures are well worth studying. They are moving, sometimes sad, sometimes humorous, portraits of ordinary people at the port of Antwerp around the start of the 20th century, among them many poor European emigrants hoping for a better life by ssiling to America. Unfortunately the upstairs part of the collection can only be visited by groups, so I didn't see it. Nonetheless, I recommend this fine little museum to anyone interested in art or in the history of Antwerp. Mieghem's masterly pictures stay in your mind longer than those of many more famous artists.
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