Oil on paper laid down on panel: 36.5 x 45.5 cm / 14.4 x 17.9 in
Signed and dated '1910' lower right
Painter of seacapes, landscapes, figures, portraits and animals.
Joseph Schippers was the grandson of the painter Charles Schippers and a pupil of Pierre Van Haevermaet and Léon Brunin. At a very early age, he skipped school to go and paint at the Zoo. He was awarded a silver medal in Athens.
Schippers was a very talented and sensitive artist. Although he painted all genres, he was particularly known for his representations of monkeys playing human roles.
A remarkable interpreter of the Flemish School, he is one of those who understand that art cannot be improvised and that art can never betray nature.
Antwerp 1868 - 1950
Salisbury (Council Chamber)
P. & V. Berko, "19th Century Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 515.
P. & V. Berko "Dictionary of Animal Painters; Belgian and Dutch Artists born between 1750 and 1880" Knokke 1998, p. 426- 431.