HALKETT François Joseph Clément


Oil on canvas: 112,5 x 99,5 cm / 44.29 x 39.17 in
Signed and dated '1902' lower left

Painter of genre scenes, figures, portraits, landscapes, still lifes, interiors and occasionally animals and seascapes.

François Joseph Clément Halkett descended from Scottish origins. He was a pupil of the Molenbeek School of Drawing directed by François Stroobant. He then studied at the Brussels Academy under Joseph Stallaert and Jean-François Portaels. He began exhibiting in 1877 with still lifes and portraits. In 1883 Halkett left for Paris and worked with Jules Joseph Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger. He studied Botticelli, Velasquez and Watteau, copying their works hanging in the Louvre. He settled in Ixelles (Brussels) in 1888.

He lived in Great Britain during the First World War. He was a member of “L’Essor” (1882) and President of “Vrije Kunst” in 1910.

Halkett received a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889. He exhibited with success in Belgium and abroad.

Molenbeek-Saint-Jean (Brussels) 1856 - Ixelles (Brussels) 1921
Belgian School.

P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian and Dutch Animal Painters born between 1750 and 1880", Knokke 1998, p. 266-267.