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"OTHELLO AND DESDEMONA - SCENE FROM SHAKESPEARE'S "OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE""


Albrecht DE VRIENDT (Ghent 1843 - Antwerp 1900)


Watercolour on paper: 38 x 25 cm / 15 x 9.8 ins
Signed and dedicated ‘à Adrienne Hemeleers’ lower left

Provenance: Belgian School


Exhibitions: Antwerp - Brussels - Liège


Literature: P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 236-237.


Artist Biography: Painter of historical and religious scenes; aquarellist and aquafortist.

Albrecht De Vriendt was principal at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts (1891-1900). He was a follower and continuator of Henri Leys. He travelled in Germany and Italy, then visited Egypt and the Holy Land, in the company of his brother Juliaan.

Red was the colour he preferred: it was teh colour that best expressed his feelings. His treatment was simple and honest, it just served his tought and his willingness. His historical erudition was high. When he taught, he professed very broad-minded views. The monumental, decorative feeling was the fundamental quality of the master who was a dogged and methodical worker. He did not try to astonish by using means irrelevant to the nobleness of Beauty. His works rendered a sincere study of nature, exopressed dignified thoughts, aroused meditative feelings and were restful to the eyes while fostering heart and intelligence.


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