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A Scorpionfish

by Madyol Jacques

Brussels 1871 – 1950

Belgian School

Dimensions: Image size 60 x 72,50 cm, frame size 75 x 78 cm
Signature: Signed bottom left, verso inscribed and dated "La rascasse 1935" Expo Jan. 84 Brussels
Medium: Oil on canvas

Value: up to 5.000€

Born in Brussels in 1874. Son of Adrien-Jean Madyol. In Brussels, the name Madiol was possibly mentioned as Madyol in the official registers. Jacques started to systematically sign his works as J. Madyol.

Madyol Jacque was a painter of portraits, figures, genre-scenes (with Gipsies), landscapes and still life. He was also aquarellist and illustrator.

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels Academy (1893-1897). From his youngest age, he painted landscapes with his father’s friend, Jan Stobbaerts around Woluwe at an early age. He lived later also in Schaarbeek. He had an atelier in the ancient part of Nice, where he became notable. Later, he often painted bright, animated southern landscapes with characteristic figures in the surroundings of Nice.

Co-founder of the group ‘Le Labeur’ in 1898. Made portraits of Belgian generals of the First World War (Musée de l’Armée, Brussels) and Queen Elisabeth. In 1927, he was entrusted with painting the portrait of King Albert I, which was donated to the Parliament of Brazil.

Exhibited at the “Exposition Triennale d’Anvers” in 1901, in Brussels in 1907, at the “Exposition universelle et internationale de Bruxelles”, in 1910, with the “Cercle Artistique et Littéraire de Bruxelles” in 1931.

His sketches are often very good, but his ‘finished’ canvases are deeply dull.

His paintings can be found in the museums of Brussels (Musée de l’Armée) and Bucharest (Simu).

Literature:

W.G. FLIPPO, ‘Lexicon of the Belgian Romantic painters’, Antwerp 1981.

  1. en G. PAS, ‘Biografisch lexicon plastische kunst in België’, Arto 2000, p. 91.
  2. PIRON, ‘De Belgische Beeldende Kunstenaars uit de 19de en 20ste eeuw’, Uitgeverij Art in Belgium, p. 890.

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