VERWEE Alfred Jacques


Oil on canvas: 38 x 60.5 cm / 15 x 23.8 ins
Certified on the back by Emma Verwée, daughter of the artist

Painter of animals and landscapes; etcher.

Alfred Jacques Verwée was the pupil of his father Louis-Perre Verwée in Courtrai and also of Eugène Verboeckhoven. He made his début in 1860. He lived in London and Paris and visited Italy and Holland.

Essentially Flemish in the great lineage of true painters, he knew the secret of strong colours and briljant blends of full light; no-one put the cattle of Flanders more naturally into its setting. Verwée is the painter of magnificent horizons and lush pastures. Where the treatment of colour and light is concerned, Verwée is masterly. No artist better expressed the admirable play of sunlight in Flanders and the rich beauty of wide Flemish horizons flooded with light.

Verwée was a founder member of the ‘Société Libre des Beaux-Arts’ and of ‘La Chrysalide’. He participated at the Paris Salon in 1877.

Saint-Joost-ten-Noode (Brussels) 1838 - Schaerbeek (Brussels) 1895
Belgian School

Antwerp - Brussels - Ghent - Liège - Tournai - Verviers

P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Animal Painters; Belgian and Dutch Artists born between 1750 and 1880", Knokke 1998, p. 504-508.