Marcel Maeyer of Marcel de Maeyer

Maeyer Marcel

Marcel Maeyer (pseudonym of De Maeyer, Marcel) was a Belgian painter, born in Sint-Niklaas in 1920 and died in Ghent in 2018. He trained as a licentiate in history and doctor in art history at Ghent University. In 1960 he settled in Sint-Martens-Latem. It was not until 1964 that he emerged as a self-taught painter. He leaned towards various avant-garde styles and usually worked in series. From 1963 to 1966, Vie des XII Césars was created after Seutonius. After a stay in Tenerife in 1967, a light-hearted and colorful series of fruit and plant reliefs, Paradise Lost, was created. From 1971 to 1979 he worked hyper-realistically and in the 1980s he became interested in nature again. In his latest experiments he painted and built houses or assembled a series of marines (1993). From the press: “M.M. was an artist who drove art criticism to despair in the 1970s, when he emerged as an incredibly masterful hyperrealist who painted paving stones or shop doors” and “Now M.M. images of his parents and his youth, or of his aunt Leonie, canvases for which he manipulated old photos. His famous shadowy emperors or faceless guards from his 'early period' can also be admired.” (1997) Marcel Maeyer took part in Documenta IX in Kassel in 1992. He was an Ensor expert. He was deputy curator of the museum in Brussels and from 1949 to 1960 he was curator of the Museum in Antwerp. He was professor of art history at the University of Ghent (1957-1985). We find his work in the museums in Bruges, Brussels, Ghent and Ostend. He is mentioned in Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. (Piron)