BOEVER Jan Frans (De)


Oil on canvas: 100 x 46 cm / 39.4 x 18.1 ins
Signed lower left

Painter of genre scenes, portraits and women; watercolourist and painter of gouaches.

Jan Frans De Boever was a pupil of Théodore Joseph Canneel and Louis Tytgadt, whose niece he married in 1896. He made his début in an academic style, but turned resolutely to symbolism in 1908. Women were his preferred subject. It is remarkable that he never painted real nudes; in fact, most of his nudes always wear some form of clothing. As such, women in his body of work are either seductresses, challengers or even she-devils. They are always portrayed as lovers, witches or prostitutes, offerings or goddesses. The man is always her subordinate.

De Boever gave drawing lessons at the Ghent Academy from 1900 until 1932.

Ghent 1872 - 1949
Belgian School


P. Piron, "Dictionnaire des artistes plasticiens de Belgique des XIXe et Xxe siècles", Ohain 2011, Vol. 1, p. 306.