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Levina Teerlinc (1510-1576) | Renaissance miniaturist


Levina Teerlinc was a Flemish Renaissance miniaturist who served as a painter to the English court of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
She was the most important miniaturist at the English court between Hans Holbein the Younger and Nicholas Hilliard.
Her father, Simon Bening was a renowned book illuminator and miniature painter of the Ghent-Bruges school and probably trained her as a manuscript painter. She may have worked in her father's workshop before her marriage.

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Léon de Smet (1881-1966) Pointillist painter


Léon de Smet was a Flemish painter🎨 and the younger brother of painter Gustave de Smet (1877-1943), also a renowned painter.
He was born in Ghent, Belgium and received his artistic training at the Royal Academy of Art.
Together with his brother, he belonged to the so-called "Sint-Martens-Latem painters", a group of artists who were active around the area of the same name.

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Pol Ledent, 1952 | Abstract painter


Belgian painter🎨 Pol Ledent, self-taught painter, was born in Wallonie, french speaking part of Belgium.
He came to painting in 1989. He started with watercolor but felt rapidly that oil painting would make him progress more efficient in his search for light.
After a few years, because he was disappointed by the fact that he didn't succeed in painting good watercolors, he went to work again.

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Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946) | Symbolist painter


Léon Spilliaert, also Leon Spilliaert, was a Belgian🎨 symbolist painter and graphic artist.
Spilliaert was born in Ostend, the oldest of seven children of Léonard-Hubert Spilliaert, a perfumer, and his wife Léonie (née Jonckheere).
From childhood, he displayed an interest in art and drawing. A prolific doodler and autodidact, he was predominantly a self-taught artist.

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Fernand Toussaint (1873-1956) | Portrait and Figure


Post-Impressionist painter Fernand Toussaint 🎨 was equally at ease painting in all categories, from landscapes and seascapes to beautiful bouquets and still lifes, but it is in his intimate portraiture and genre paintings that we discover, according to Mario de Monchi, Toussaint as the “incontestable master of the grace and charm of the woman”.
His classical artistic schooling in drawing gave his work a certain precision, but it was Toussaint’s travels and friendships, notably in Paris and London, that influenced his choice of palette and the tender sensuality with which he endowed the paintings he most loved creating, his portraits of women.

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Jean-François Portaels | Orientalist painter


Jean-François Portaels or Jan Portaels was a Belgian🎨 painter of genre scenes, biblical stories, landscapes, portraits and orientalist subjects.
He was also a teacher and director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Ghent and the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
He is regarded as the founder of the Belgian Orientalist school. He was praised in his time as the premier painter of 'everyday elegance and feminine grace'.

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René Magritte | Quotes / Aforismi

  • "To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been".
  • "Essere surrealisti significa escludere dalla tua mente ogni ricordo di ciò che hai visto ed essere sempre alla ricerca di ciò che non è mai stato".
  • "Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist".
  • L'arte evoca il mistero senza il quale il mondo non esisterebbe".
  • "Life obliges me to do something, so I paint".
  • "La vita mi obbliga a fare qualcosa, quindi dipingo".
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Belgian Artists | Sitemap



Despite its size, Belgium has a long and distinguished artistic tradition that goes back to the Middle Ages, considerably pre-dating the foundation of the current state in 1830.
Art from the areas making up modern Belgium is called in English Netherlandish up to the separation with the Netherlands from 1570 on, and Flemish until the 18th century.
Important monasteries in Belgium were centres of production in Carolingian art and Ottonian art, and later the area producing Romanesque Mosan art is now largely in Belgium.