Belgische kunstenaar Isidore Opsomer

Opsomer Isidore

Isidore Opsomer (baron) was a Belgian artist born in Lier in 1878 and died in Antwerp in 1967. He was a painter, etcher and lithographer. From 1894 training at the Academies in Lier and Antwerp, from 1898 at the Higher Institute in Antwerp led by A. and J. De Vriendt. Godecharle Prize in 1903. Traveled to Rome in 1904, to France, Germany and Austria in 1905. Found his inspiration initially in his hometown and its inhabitants and until 1914 thus painted star, anecdotal and romantic cityscapes. During World War I went to London for eight months and met Claus, Baertsoen and Chesterton. Was sent on a mission by the Belgian government to the Netherlands in 1915, where he met G.H. Breitner who would influence his further evolution. He determined how he had solved the problem of light in function of the Dutch climate and also went looking for a technique that better suited his own vision. His touch broadened, the colorite became stronger and his figures acquired monumentality. Thus he painted, among other things, synthesized cityscapes and robust still lifes and flowers. From 1925 he gained his fame as a portrait painter. From 1905 he was a teacher at the Academy and from 1926 to 1949 director at the Higher Institute in Antwerp. Work among others in the Museums in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Lier, Liège. Mentioned in CRICK, BAS I and Two Centuries Signatures of Belgian Artists. Source: Paul Piron, Belgian visual artists from the 19th to the 21st century.