Belgian, 19th – 20th century, male.
Born 23 March 1862, in Liège; died 18 July 1921, in Brussels.
Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator, lithographer, decorative designer. Historical subjects, religious subjects, figures, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes with figures, landscapes, flowers. Ornaments.
Auguste Donnay was the son of the sculptor Lambert Donnay and the grandson of a decorative artisan and sculptor. His mother died in childbirth. At a very young age he attended evening classes at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Liège and taught himself watercolour painting. He began his career as a decorative painter of flowers, ceiling decorations and ballrooms, and also painted portraits of his friends. At the age of 25 he was awarded a travel bursary, which allowed him to spend five months in Paris, where he got to know the Nabis. However, he was particularly attracted to Egyptian statuary, Japanese art and the Italian primitives, before he discovered the work of Puvis de Chavannes. In 1894 he participated in the first Salon de la Libre Esthétique, and in 1896 he took part in the Salon de l'Art Indépendant in Paris. In 1901 he was appointed to teach at the Académie de Liège and gave lessons in ornamental composition. He left Liège in 1905 and went to live in Méry-sur-Ourthe....