DE WILDE Frans (Franciscus Aloysius)
THE NEW MEMBER OF THE FAMILY
Oil on canvas: 68 x 100 cm / 26.8 x 39.4 in
Signed and dated '1877' lower right
Painter of portraits, family scenes and landscapes.
Frans De Wilde was the son of Auguste De Wilde. He studied at the Academies of Saint-Nicolas (1853-1861, A. De Wilde) and Antwerp (1861-1864, N. De Keyser). He became a professor at the Academy of Saint-Nicolas (1869-1906).
He won the Third Price of Rome (1865). He realised with Guffens and Swerts the wall paintings of the Church of the Notre Dame in Saint-Nicolas (1870). He painted several portraits of notables.
Rétrospective “Auguste and Frans De Wilde” at the Museum of Saint-Nicolas in 1986.
Saint Nicolas 1840 - 1918
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 241.