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Belgische schilder Franz Courtens

Courtens Franz

Franz Courtens was a Belgian artist born in Dendermonde in 1854 and died in Sint-Joost-ten-Node/Brussels in 1943. He was a painter. Education at the Academy in Dendermonde o.l.v. J. Rosseels and Is. Meyers, took evening courses in Brussels in the free studio “Patte de Dindon”. Stayed from 1878 to 1881 in Zeeland. Painted from 1882, together with G. Vogels and Is. Verheyden, especially Brabant and Dutch landscapes. Throughout his career, he remained true to the realistic landscape with impressionistic touches, but also painted rural scenes with characters or cattle, marines, figures, portraits. His oeuvre illustrates native impressionism, which was more naturalistic and materialistic than French impressionism. Established definitively in Brussels in 1900. In 1903 he became a teacher at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Work among others in the Museums in Brussels, Antwerp, Tournai, Kortrijk, Liège. Listed in the "Biographie Nationale" of the Royal Academy of Belgium, part XXXV. Listed in BAS I and II. (PIRON)
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