BARGES ON THE LYS
Oil on canvas: 49.5 x 60.5 cm / 19.4 x 28.8 ins
Signed lower right
Painter of landscapes and portraits.
Modeste Huys was a pupil of the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts for one year. He received advice from Emile Claus and began his career in Courtrai in 1902.
Huys was an enthusiast of everything concerning light and colours; he was the poet of joyous and happy country life. His works are full of optimistic luminism, translating with delight the most beautiful aspects of an ever-admirable nature. His art glorifies the fertile and plentiful Flanders where the silvery and slithering ribbon of Lys flows. Huys is more particularly the painter of the river Lys and of flax. His works are a hymn for his native country.
Olsene 1874 - Zulte 1932
Bruges (Town Hall) - Brussels - Deinze
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 361.