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date: 26 May 2020

Verhas familylocked

  • Alain Jacobs

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Belgian family of painters. Emmanuel Verhas (1799–1864) was art master for more than 20 years at the Dendermonde Academie, where he taught his sons, (1) Frans Verhas and (2) Jan Frans Verhas.

(b Dendermonde, 1832; d Schaerbeek, Brussels, Nov 22, 1897).

Having trained with his father, he studied in Brussels before settling permanently at Schaerbeek in 1867. In Brussels he specialized almost exclusively in producing genre paintings of bourgeois subjects. His compositions were skilfully executed and he showed a keen eye for detail, portraying sumptuous interiors decorated with tapestries, satins, animal pelts and marble as a backdrop to playing children and elegant women dressed in crinolines, or striking aristocratic poses: for example The Lion (1874; Ghent, Mus. S. Kst.) and the Inconsolable Woman (1878; Antwerp, Kon. Mus. S. Kst.). He also painted historical subjects, which he treated with a powerful sense of realism (e.g. ...

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U. Thieme and F. Becker, eds: Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, 37 vols (Leipzig, 1907–50) [see also Meissner above]