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Belgische kunstschilder Leo Engels

Engels Leo

Leo Engels was a Belgian painter born in 1882 in Sint-Niklaas and died in 1952 in Antwerp. Education at the Academy and at the Higher Institute in Antwerp. Realized among others (Flemish) figures, interiors, flowers, still lifes, landscapes, farmland views. Initially he mainly painted melancholic scenes with characters: the sick, the dying. His oeuvre often testified to social engagement. Afterwards the subjects became more cheerful and he was fascinated by the beautiful colors of the flowers and he also painted faithfully rendered historic buildings, church interiors. From the press about his floral arrangements: “He discovered the beauty of the flower. But then in its own cool way of feeling and interpreting. Herewith we want to point out that in painting his flowers he would strive for something core and something firm, for the beauty behind which, in a sense, the haze of something deeper and mysterious lingers, a haze of a life-insight purified by suffering." (J. Crick). Van Lerius Prize in 1907, the De Keyser Prize in 1908. Listed in CRICK and Two centuries of signatures by Belgian Artists. (PIRON)
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