FREDERIC Léon

MORNING – NOON – EVENING; 1884

Oil on panel: triptych: side panels: 40 x 29 cm / 15.7 x 11.4 ins, main panel 40 x 60 cm / 15.7 x 23.6 ins
Signed lower left ( left panel) and lower right (main and right panel)

Painter of genre scenes, portraits and landscapes; draughtsman.

Léon Frédéric was a pupil of Jules Van Keirsblick and Jean François Portaels at the Brussels Academy of Brussels. He stayed in Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples in Joseph Dillens’ company. He was influenced by Emile Wauters and later by the Preraphaelites.

The first noteworthy works appeared around 1880. The art of Léon Frédéric exults in the expression of the person. Even in his reminiscences, Léon Frédéric has always remained definitely personal. A painter of mystical and symbolic scenes of the life of country people and workers, and also of ideal figures and realistic landscapes. Children play an important part in his groups.

Nr. 99 on page 32 in Georges Frédéric’s Catalogue.

Expositions:
Exposition Retrospective “Frédéric Léon”, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1948.
Nr. 17 Bis in the collection of P. De Mot, Brussels.
Hotel communal et Maison d’arts de Schaerbeek, exposition from December 5, 2000 to January 27, 2001.

Period:
Brussels 1856 - 1940
Belgian School

Exhibitions:
Antwerp - Brussels - Ghent - Ixelles - Liège - Mons - Paris - Philadelphia - Saint-Petersburg - Texas - Yerevan (Armenia)

Literature:
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 294-295.