STORKS IN THE ZWIN, BELGIUM
Watercolour on paper: 39 x 53.5 cm / 15.5 x 21.1 ins
Signed, dedicated 'à S. Berardi' and dated '94' lower right
Liège 1836 – Brussels 1903
Painter of genre scenes, nudes, portraits and landscapes. Eugène Verdyen was a pupil at the Brussels Academy (1860-1864) and one of the first pupils of Jean-François Portaels in his own private workshop. He travelled to Italy, North Africa (1874) and Turkey.
Verdyen had a passion for reality and was very close with the artists of the Société libre des Beaux-Arts, but he treasured his independance and never joined a group. He had a palette full of intense colours. He settled down in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode and became a local councillar. He was a professor at the Brussels Academy. He participated in the illustration of Lemonnier’s book “La Belgique”, published in 1888.
Verdyen is considered to be one of the forerunners of Belgian Impressionism.
Liège 1836 - Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (Brussels) 1903
Brussels - Liège
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 741-742.