VAN MOER Jean-Baptiste
INTERIOR OF THE CATHEDRAL OF SANTA MARIA MAJOR IN LISBON
Oil on panel: 52 x 65 cm / 20.5 x 25.6 ins
Signed and dated ‘1873’ lower left
Painter of landscapes, town views and church interiors. Orientalist.
A pupil of François Bossuet at the Brussels Academy, Jean-Baptiste Van Moer exhibited in Brussels, Lyons, Metz, Paris and Vienna. He travelled to France, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Egypt and Syria. He made various decorative panels for the Royal Palace in Brussels and a series of views of Brussels for the Brussels Town Hall.
These views of Brussels, which he left to posterity, are of great interest both from a documentary and iconographic point of view because they exemplify the history of Belgian pictorial art.
Van Moer painted with finesse and a beautiful harmony of bright and vivid colours. He was held in high esteem.
The State Hermitage Museum in Saint-Petersburg has “A Painters Studio” in its collection.
Brussels 1819 - 1884
Amiens - Brussels - Ixelles - Saint-Petersburg
P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 518.
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 713.