Victor LAGYE (Ghent 1825 - Antwerp 1896)

Oil on canvas: 91.5 x 121.5 cm / 36 x 47.8 ins
Signed upper right

Provenance: Belgian School

Exhibitions: Antwerp - Ghent - Registry Office of the Antwerp Town Hall

Literature: P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 400-402.

Artist Biography: Painter of historical subjects and genre scenes.

Victor Lagye was a pupil of the Ghent Academy and of Théodore Canneel. He worked in Paris and, more particularly, in Rome where he entered Garibaldi's service. He returned to Ghent in 1849 and then moved to Antwerp, where he became the most enthusiastic and devoted disciple of Leys. He later abandoned Leys' theme in search of a warmer, more modern range, often extremely daring in its presentation. He was made professor at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Eugène Verboeckhoven filled out some of his pictures.

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