HAVENGEZICHT by Henri Houben
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HAVENGEZICHT 1858 - 1931

Henri Houben

Original oil on canvas
60 ⨯ 85 cm
€ 2.900

Galerie Het Noorderlicht

  • About the artwork

    Antwerpen 1858-1931

    Olieverf op doek
    60 x 85 cm.
    Gesigneerd: rechts onder

    Prijs: 2.900 Euro
  • About the artist

    Henri Houben (1858–1931, born and died in Antwerp) was a Belgian genre painter.

    He originally studied to be a violinist, but his interest in painting took the upper hand, so he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp), where he studied under Charles Verlat. He later assisted Verlat with his panoramic paintings ("March of the Russian Army" and "The Battle of Waterloo") and executed decorative paintings from designs by Albrecht De Vriendt in the Antwerp City Hall. In 1885, he became a Professor at the Academy.

    In Belgium, he worked primarily in Antwerp and the Kempen. He also travelled in Italy and Spain, but developed a particular fondness for the Netherlands, especially the maritime areas and Zeeland, working in Katwijk, Middelburg, Volendam, Veere, Vlissingen, Sluis and Yerseke. In Volendam he was a regular guest at the Hotel Spaander, a favorite spot for many painters, including Renoir.

    His preferred subjects were the picturesque villagers who, at that time, still often dressed in native costume. He also produced five etchings for "Les Pittoresques", a book of sonnets by Georges Eekhoud.

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