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Belgian artist Jan Cox

Cox Jan

Jan Cox was a Belgian artist born in the Netherlands in 1919. He died in Antwerp in 1980. He was a painter, draftsman and graphic artist. He studied at the Higher Institute in Antwerp under direction of Is. Opsomer. Then studied art history and archeology at the University of Ghent. In 1944 he settled in Brussels. In 1945 co-founder of the "Jeune Peinture Belge". Searched for the young people of the Cobra group. He was a painter of dreams that evaporate, but which are pictured in a concrete enough way. He is never anecdotal and there are rarely any references to reality. His world is made of visions or fragments of visions, such as fragments of a dream, at first sight without any connection. Anthropomorphic plants, ghostly creatures float in the vacuum. The outlines are not strongly emphasized. Forms and colors flow into each other: figuration and abstraction are balanced against each other. His very own color combinations always seem strange and unusual, often raw or approaching the loud. He was a silent visionary who, without any concession, remained completely loyal to himself and to the painterly goal he had set himself. His oeuvre emanates a strong expressiveness, which is achieved through the use of overwhelmingly contrasting colors. He was appointed head of the painting department at Boston Museum School in 1956 and became director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1966. (RKD, PIRON)
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