Jac (ques) Boonen was a Belgian draftsman and graphic artist born in Tongerlo in 1911 and died in 1968 in Brussels, Borchtlombeek. Education at the Higher Institute in Antwerp under the direction of J. De Bruycker. Debuted in line with his teacher: mostly folk scenes with a wriggling, partying crowd and figures from the working class. His impetus and spontaneous impulses, however, increasingly removed him from the influence of De Bruycker. In retrospect, his visionary disposition brought him close to Goya. He was also inspired by the landscape, in village and city scenes, in the shapes of the naked woman. Also engraved portraits, including of J. Ensor, De Ghelderode and Verschaeve. From the press: "He lets the etching water bite into the plate, which he ink, without wiping it thoroughly beforehand; the drypoint creates heavy burrs in the metal and thus splashes the ink around the strong lines. Buried in Borcht-Lombeek. Mentioned in Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. Source: PIRON.