VAN DEN BRUEL Willem
THE PAINTER’S STUDIO
Oil on canvas: 97 x 79 cm / 38.2 x 31.1 in
Signed lower right
Painter of landscapes, seascapes, interiors, figures and genre scenes.
Willem Van den Bruel was a pupil of Jean-François Portaels at the Academy of Fine Arts of his birth-place. He became a teacher at the same establishment in 1899.
Willem Van den Bruel’s art is the result of accurate observation of the very great talent to choose a subject or a site and then set it off to advantage, and finally of that imborn gift, that admirable faculty of vision without which labour would be in vain and would only produce a predominance in the craft but not superiority in the art.
P. & V. Berko "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 667.