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De Belgische kunstenaar Henri Kerels
Henri Kerels was a Belgian artist born in 1896 and who died in 1956. He was a Belgian painter and graphic artist. He studied at the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts and at the Académie Libre "L'Effort". He then became a teacher in engraving at the Academy of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. This artist practiced the most common figurative genres: figures, portraits, genre scenes, still lifes, landscapes and navies. He had a great affection for artisan work, which resulted in an album "Les petits Métiers" (1929) with etchings of a whole series of small crafts: bootmaker, saddlermaker, shoemaker, tailor, bookbinder ... In the early 1930s he made a trip to Belgian Congo that would have a major impact on his style. This resulted in paintings with Congolese figures and landscapes. In 1932 he published the graphic album "Brousse" with text by Maurice Casteels. Later work is the album "Campine", a suite of 15 etchings from 1944, published with a preface by Louis Lebeer. The "Manuel de la gravure originale" dates from 1950. Around 1950 he made a surprising switch to a non-figurative style. (Wikipedia)
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