Monday, March 12, 2012

Valerius de Saedeleer

Belgian painter. He learnt the art of weaving from his father and studied at academies in Aalst and Ghent and in the studio of Franz Courtens. After a turbulent period in Ghent, where he was active in anarchist circles, in 1898 he settled in Sint Martens Latem. There he had close ties with like-minded artists. He painted panoramic views of the flat landscape of the Leie in late autumn, winter and early spring. Small houses, hedges and finely-drawn branches stand out against the extensive landscape and vast skies. The contrast between sharply-drawn detail and panoramic views resembled the landscape vision of Pieter Bruegel. He achieved a timeless, unreal atmosphere by applying thin, smooth brushstrokes of colour with a dominance of white, green or grey.

1 comment:

Hans said...

Would you please be so kind to change Laethem-Saint-Martin in Sint Martens Latem. it's a village in Flanders and it has a dutch name, not a french one. Valerius lived and worked near Oudenaarde and died there too. I invite you to visit my blog