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Belgische kunstenaar Adolphe (Adolf)  Dillens

Dillens Adolphe (Adolf)

Adolphe (Adolf) Dillens was a Belgian artist born in Ghent in 1821 and who died in Ixelles in 1877. He was a painter, draftsman, watercolorist and engraver. Pupil of his brother Henri Dillens. Attended lessons at the Academy in Ghent and then perfected in engraving and etching techniques. Both brothers settled in Antwerp in 1844. Painted and engraved landscapes, historical compositions, but mainly anecdotal genre scenes, folk festivals, fairground scenes, skaters. Settled in Brussels in 1850. Traveled to Zeeland for the first time in 1854 and from then on he was mostly inspired by the ordinary, daily life of the rural population there. Participated in the Salons of Ghent (1844-1877), Brussels (1848-1875), Antwerp (1861 and 1864) and Paris (1855 and 1867). Also worked as an etcher and illustrated, among others, Légendes Flamandes by Ch. De Coster (1858). Was a member of the Société Belge des Aquarellistes from 1861. Work in the Museums in Antwerp, Brussels, among others. Mentioned in BAS I and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. (PIRON)