Still Life with Pink Flower Oil Painting by Belgian Jean Brusselmans
Jean Brusselmans was a Belgian painter and printmaker. Born in 1884, he was apprenticed to an engraver and lithographer and with these skills entered the Acadamie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (1897). Soon, however, he transferred to painting and between 1900 and 1906 studied under Guillaume Van Strydonck (1861-1937), Isidore Verheyden and Jean Delville. In 1907 he shared a studio with Rik Wouters and befriended the future Brabant Fauvists, among whom was Auguste Oleffe. He joined the circle known as L’Effort and in 1912 participated in a group exhibition of the Bleus de la G.G.G. (Galerie Georges Giroux in Brussels) with Constant Permeke, Leon Spilliaert, Edgard Tytgat and Wouters. For several years common themes, a bold use of color and the influence of Cezanne united Brusselmans even more closely with Oleffe, Wouters and Ferdinand Schirren. He had his first one-man show in Antwerp at the Galerie Breckpot in 1921. Three years later he decided to stay in Dilbeek, exhibited at the Expressionist Galerie Le Centaure and became friendly with Louis Thevenet. A founder of the Paruk Clan in 1922 and of art vivant in 1930, from 1931 he joined in the enterprise known as Compagnons de l’Art, which he was to commemorate in a painting of the same name (1949; Brussels, Mus. A. Mod.). His influence was particularly strong on certain artists of the Jeune Peinture Belge group (1945). The desire to simplify volumes and planes, which underlies Brusselmans’s remarkably structured work, and the vital need to make forms Stand out from the canvas by thickening contour lines contrast with the sensitivity and delicacy of the colors. He died in 1953. References: Benezit, De Belgische Beeldende Kunstenaars. Canvas dimensions are 19 1/2 by 15 1/2 inches. Includes Catalog Raisonne.