DE SWERTS Joz
AT THE SEASIDE
Oil on canvas laid down on canvas: 60.5 x 80.5 cm / 23.8 x 31.7 in
Signed and dated '24' lower right
Painter of seascapes, beach scenes, views of the Scheldt, portraits and still lifes often with pewter dishes, dead birds and fruit; humorous draughtsman, caricaturist, cartoonist, illustrator and fashion designer.
Joz De Swerts trained at the Academy and the Higher Institute in Antwerp. He was wounded in World War I at the Battle of Halen. His convalescence took place in Le Havre where he painted many portraits. Until 1928, he was active as a fashion designer. He then established himself as an independent artist.
In broad strokes of a brush or trowel, he painted seascapes, views of the Scheldt, portraits and still lifes, often with pewter dishes, dead birds and fruit. He builded a renown as a political and public cartoonist notably in “De Standaard”, “Pallieter” and “Ons Volk Ontwaakt”.
De Swerts worked as a humorous draughtsman and cartoonist under the pseudonym JOZ. In 1923 there were also drawings under the pseudonym ‘T PALLIETERKE. He was the author of several posters for the ‘Ijzerbedevaarten’ (Yser Pilgrimages).
See on the back of the exhibited painting several handwritten labels including one from the Akos Exhibition in 1931.
Antwerp 1890 - Merksem 1939
P. Piron, "Dictionnaire des artistes plasticiens de Belgique des XIXe et XXe siècles", Ohain 2011, 2 Vol., Vol. 1, p. 455.