“THE ELEGANT LADY”
Oil on canvas: 160 x 95.5 cm / 63 x 37.6 ins
Signed and dated '1910' middle right
Painter of portraits, genre scenes and occasionally animals; designer of theatre posters.
Charles Watelet was a pupil of Jean-François Portaels and Alfred Stevens at the Brussels Academy. He worked in Marcinelle until 1901 as a portraitist of personalities before settling down in Uccle. He specialised in painting portraits – with a preference for women – for which he gained lots of success. He also represented women at balls, in theatres and in restaurants.
Works by Charles Watelet can be found in the Tournai Law Court and in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of Brussels, Charleroi, Ixelles and Liège, among others.
Beauraing 1867 - Schaerbeek 1954
Brussels - Charleroi - Ixelles - Liège - Tournai (Law Court) - Valenciennes
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Animals Painters; Belgian and Dutch Artists born between 1750 & 1880", Knokke 1998, p. 530.
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 787-788.