THE MEYRINGEN VALLEY SEEN FROM THE ROUTE DU GRIMSEL
Oil on panel: 36.5 x 53 cm / 14.4 x 20.9 ins
Signed and dated '1877' lower left
Painter of romantic mountain landscapes and portraits; lithographer and engraver.
François-Xavier Roffiaen was a pupil of Ferdinand Marinus at the School of Arts in Namur and of François Bossuet and Wilhelm Kuhnen at the Brussels Academy. He worked in the studio of the landscape painter Wilhelm Kuhnen for some time. He visited Scotland, Austria and Germany. He specialised in meticulously painted mountain landscapes of the Alps and Scotland.
A naturalist and painter, Roffiaen was the founder of the Malacologic Society of Belgium (1863) and became its chairman in 1881.
Roffiaen also engraved several portraits.
This painting is certified and titled: “La vallée de Meyringen vue de la route du Grimsel” on the back.
Ypres 1820 - Ixelles ( Brussels) 1898
Brussels - Ixelles - Saint-Nicolas - Ypres
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, pp. 560-561.