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date: 18 November 2019

Wouters, Rik locked

(b Mechelen, Aug 21, 1882; d Amsterdam, July 11, 1916).
  • Roger Avermaete


(b Mechelen, Aug 21, 1882; d Amsterdam, July 11, 1916).

Belgian painter, sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker . From the age of 11 he worked in the studio of his father, an ornamental sculptor. After studying painting in 1899 at the Akademie van Schone Kunsten in Mechelen, he went to Brussels in 1902 to study sculpture under Charles Van der Stappen; although he did not stay there long, he continued to sculpt, taking up painting only in 1911. In 1905 he married Hélène Duerinckx, known affectionately as Nel, who first worked for him as a model earlier in the year. They were rescued from poverty only in 1911, when Wouters signed a contract with the Galerie Giroux in Brussels.

Wouters was particularly productive as a painter from 1912 to 1914, painting some of his best works, such as the portrait of his wife entitled Woman with Yellow Necklace (1912) and The Flautist (1914; both Brussels, Mus. A. Mod.), in which a man in pensive pose is set against a landscape seen through a window. An exhibition held at the Galerie Giroux at this time was highly successful. After being called up in ...

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