Oil on canvas: 65.5 x 51.5 cm / 25.8 x 20.3 ins
Signed lower left; certified on the back
Painter of genre scenes and seascapes.
Edward Portielje was the younger brother of Gerard Portielje and the son and pupil of Jan Portielje. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, for drawing under Polydore Beaufaux and for painting under Nicaise De Keyser and Charles Verlat. He successfully exhibited his works in Antwerp, Reims, The Hague, Namur, Mons, Liège, Spa, Verviers and Middelburg.
Almost all of his subjects are taken from the life of Dutch fishermen. This explains why the brave Henri-Jacques Bource whom, if he did not follow, he did ardently admire, was often mentioned in speaking about the style of this excellent artist.
Portielje worked with Edouard De Jans and Joseph Dierckx on murals for the Exposition Universelle of 1894 in Antwerp.
His paintings are executed, according to tradition, with refinement and accuracy.
Antwerp 1861 - 1949
Antwerp - Chicago - Sydney
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 528-531.
I. Bruynooghe, "Het œuvre van/The works of Portielje; Jan - Gerard - Edward", Roeselare 2001.