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Médard Maertens Belgische kunstenaar

Maertens Médard

Médard Maertens (Médard.Maertens, Maertens. Med.) was a Belgian artist born in 1875 in Koolskamp and died in 1946 in Brussels. He was a painter, draftsman and graphic artist. Education at the Academies in Tielt, Roeselare, Antwerp. Realized landscapes, cityscapes, scenes with characters, figures, nudes, interiors, portraits. First worked for a while as a decorative painter. After a stay in Ostend, he settled in Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe around 1900, where he befriended the Brabant fauvists. Often came to the Circle l'Effort. Experienced the war on the Yser front. During a stay in Paris he met Marthe Guillain, who became his wife. Settled with his wife near Paris until 1931, where he met big names from the art world of that time. His studio in Nogent-sur-Marne grew into a meeting point for Belgian artists in France. Traveled to Turkey in 1929-1930. In the 1920s, he switched from Luminism to a rather heavy Fauvism with heavily outlined figures and, compared to Rik Wouters or De Kat, a rather gloomy color palette. Cubism has also left many traces in his work. Was a member of the Le Sillon and La Libre Esthétique Groups. Work in the Museums in Antwerp, Ixelles, among others. Mention in the Lexicon of West Flemish visual artists V, Bas I and Two centuries signatures of Belgian artists.