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De Belgische kunstenaar Jan Frans Cantré

Cantré Jan Frans

Jan Frans Cantré was a Belgian artist who was born in Ghent in 1886 and died there in 1931. He was a woodcarver and illustrator. Brother of Jozef Cantré. Training at the Academy in Ghent (1897-1905). Debuted as a painter, based on the School of Latem and worked in an impressionistic color palette with delicate tonalities. He was inspired by men, the work of the farmer, elders, landscapes. After the war he firmly opted for woodcarving. Founded the Association of Belgian Woodcarvers in 1926. Together with his brother Jozef, F. Masereel, H. Van Straten and Joris Minne (De Vijf), he made sure to spread the fame of Flemish woodcarving far beyond our borders. Cut folktypes and statues from folk life in wood or linoleum and in expressionist design. He mostly drew inspiration from everyday life in Flanders. He was most deeply moved by the bent peasants with their tanned and weathered faces, the pious old folks, the pilgrims and figures from the folk belief and many traditions, the snowy landscapes. Illustrated numerous literary works with his woodcuts. Mentioned in the Biographie Nationale of the Royal Academy of Belgium, part XXXI. Mentioned in BAS I and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. Source: Piron.