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Belgische kunstenaar Jef Van Tuerenhout
Jef Van Tuerenhout was a Belgian artist born in Mechelen in 1926 and who died in Wenduine in 2006. He was a painter, sculptor, ceramicist, graphic artist and jewelry designer. Training in painting and sculpture at Sint-Lukas in Brussels (1941-1945). Exhibited in 1949 with P. Mara, L. Peire, G. Bertrand, J. Cox and P. Van Hoeydonck at the exhibition "Contemporary painting in Belgium". Established in Ostend in 1954. In 1965 came in contact with Max Ernst and S. Dali. His oeuvre pays tribute to the woman, the muse and sparkler of all urges. From the press: “In general, his style evolved from expressionism over primitivism to an erotically tinted, metaphysical realism. Starting from expressionism, he initially built up powerful figures in typical Flemish earth colors. He gradually focused on the female figure as an inspiring muse. His enigmatic women pose confidently and majestically in a frontal pose. With their full lips, pronounced breasts and finely decorated clothing, they create an elegant, sensual impression. Their vertical, slightly elongated waist is accentuated by the solemn headgear. He does not create individual models, but gentle, erotically tinted female types with clean, refined lines. They move in a multicolored, mystical dream world. Often they are accompanied by a parrot, a bird of prey or another animal. For their part, the bronze female figures often display black features. ” Early works from his Ostend period were signed J. Van Gent. Mentioned in the Lexicon of West Flemish visual artists I, BAS I and Two centuries of Belgian artists. (PIRON)
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