De Belgische kunstenaar Henri Kerels

Kerels Henri

Henri Kerels was a Belgian artist, born in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek in 1896 and died in Ixelles in 1956. He was a painter, graphic artist, illustrator and author. He trained at the Academy in Brussels from 1914 to 1915 and at the Free Academy L'Effort from 1918 to 1927. He was also a student of Kurt Peiser. In 1920 he published the album Les Petits Métiers. He traveled to Belgian Congo in 1930/1931 and stayed there for fifteen months. He sketched a large number of Congolese women and landscapes. Initially he painted landscapes, genre scenes, figures and still lifes, but from 1953 he worked abstractly. Lighter lines and areas of color on a dark background or vice versa. In 1954 he contributed to the second album of the Art Abstrait Group. Henri Kerels also gained fame as an etcher and maker of monotypes. He published Manuel de la gravure originale in 1950. From 1929 to 1939 he was a teacher of engraving at the Academy in Molenbeek, chairman of the Belgian Association of Professional Artists and of the International Association of Artists. He wrote a number of novels and travelogues and worked as an art critic for the newspaper La Lanterne. We find his work in the museum in Antwerp. He is mentioned in BAS I and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists; (Piron)