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Mertens Charles

Charles Mertens was a Belgian artist who was born in Antwerp in 1865 and who died in Calverley/Great Britain in 1919. He was a painter, draftsman, graphic artist and decorator. Education at the Academy in Antwerp under K. Verlat. Initially painted mainly genre pieces in the style of De Braekeleer. From 1887, and especially from 1890, light gained in importance: detailed depiction gave way to a freer concept, based on the natural environment. Worked regularly in Zeeland, where very clear works were created. Finally evolved to pure atmosphere creation in soft tonalities. Painted figures, marines, outdoor scenes and numerous portraits. In 1907, he was commissioned to decorate the ceiling of the Antwerp Opera. Was a member of the Als IK Kan Group from 1883, co-founder of the XIII in 1891, and of Kunst van Heden in 1905. Was also a member of the Société Royale Belge des Aquarellistes and of Pour l'Art. From 1886 he was a teacher at the Academy in Antwerp. Stayed in England during World War I and died there. Work in the Museums in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent. Mentioned in BAS I, II and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. (piron)
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