DILLENS Adolphe Alexandre
TAILOR MADE: A TAILOR IN KRUININGEN, ZEELAND
Oil on panel: 53.5 x 73 cm / 21.1 x 28.7 ins
Inscription on frame: 'Zeeland/Zuid-Beveland' and a poem (see biographie)
Painter of history and genre scenes; etcher.
Adolphe Alexandre Dillens was a pupil of his brother Henri Dillens and of his uncle Julien Dillens. He painted a lot in Zealand. The inhabitants or “characters” of that region gave him many fine subjects for paintings which were much sought after. He only painted a few portraits. He was a very talented aquafortist. He was an intimate friend of Charles De Coster. In 1905, he exhibitioned at the Belgian Art Exhibition in Brussels.
Engraving: ‘De Aarde en haar Volkeren’, 1875.
Poem on frame: ‘Geen mensch men acht/ Als uit zijn dracht/ Dus laat vrij brave kleeren maken/ Wilt gij tot ambt of eer geraken.’
Ghent 1821 - Brussels 1877
Brussels - Liège - New York
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 250-252.