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Etsen van Jules de Bruycker Belgische etser

de Bruycker Jules

Jules De Bruycker was a Belgian artist who was born in Ghent in 1870 and who died there in 1945. He was an etcher, draftsman and watercolourist. Education at the Academy in Ghent, led by Th. Caneel, L. Tytgadt and J. Delvin. May be regarded as one of the most important etchers of the 20th century. Debuted with drawn and watercolored caricatural Ghent folk types and faces from the slums. This was followed by Ghent cityscapes with a clear striving for verticality and a romantic interplay of light and dark. In London, where he stayed in the studio of J. Whistler and met F. Brangwyn (1914-1918), the great visionary war drawings were created along the lines of the fantastic scenes of Bosch and Bruegel. "The death of Ypres" or "Bad Mare" belong to that series. The folk scenes, folk figures and picturesque Ghent spots that arose after the war have been stripped of the light-shadow play and of pure anecdotal. The line is important. This pure line continues in Paris (1925) and culminates in the series of cathedrals. In the last years of his life he etched and drew sublime portraits, figures and nudes. From the press about this: “They are among the best drawings made here in the past century.” Was a teacher at the Higher Institute in Antwerp from 1924 to 1936. Etching maps: Sites et Visions de Gand (1932), Sint-Niklaaskerk (1936), Gens de chez Nous (1942). Mentioned in CRICK, BAS I and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. (Piron)