HOESE Jean (De La)


Oil on canvas: 60 x 86 cm / 23.6 x 33.9 ins
Signed and dated 'J De la Hoese 87f' lower left

Painter of portraits and genre scenes.

Jean De la Hoese was a pupil at the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts. This painter of aristocratic female beauty was a master portrait painter who painted several masterpieces, including the portrait of his father which is exhibited in the Brussels Museum.

In the hazardous domain of the portrait, he was able to beware of indifference and complaisance.

We admire in him the great simplicity of means used to render the life of the model. There is nothing theatrical in the posture but it tries to fix the most familiar attitude; this is never what might be called a studio posture. And what a fine craftmanship, what a restrained yet bold brush!

The Brussels Museum possesses three works by his hand: “Portrait of Léonce Evrard” (1895), “Portrait of Mrs Léonce Evrard” (1899) and “Portrait of the Artist’s Father” (1904) and the Charlier Museum in Brussels “The Two Frequenters” (1880). In the Belgian Home Office, also in Brussels, hangs his “Portrait of Queen Marie-Louise” (circa 1900).

Brussels 1846 - 1917
Belgian School

Brussels - Belgian Home Office (Brussels)

P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 185-186.