ARTIST AT THE BANKS OF THE SCHELDT
Oil on canvas: 60.5 x 68.8 cm / 23.8 x 27.1 ins
Signed and dated '1870' lower left
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 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 Henri 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 completed some of his pictures.
Ghent 1825 - Antwerp 1896
Antwerp - Ghent - Registry Office of the Antwerp Town Hall
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 400-402.