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A Village Scene

by Cassiers Henri

Antwerp 1858 – 1944 Ixelles

Belgian Painter

Dimensions: Image size 24 x 30 cm, frame size 44 x 50 cm
Signature: Signed bottom left
Medium: Mixed Media

Value: up to 5.000€

Cassiers Henry (Henri) was born in Antwerp, Belgium on 11 August 1858. He was a Belgian painter of landscapes, picturesque urban sites, and seascapes. He was also etcher and illustrator. His work was extremely abundant and varied. He also produced numerous artistic posters and colour prints. His art was one of illusion and semi-reality.

Cassiers studied for an architect at the Academy of Fine Arts in his birthplace and received classes from the master teacher and artist Stacquet Henry (1838 – 1906) and he also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sint-Joost-ten-Node.

He quickly developed his own style and painted maritime scenes, city and village views, both in Flanders and in the Netherlands. He was particularly attracted by the Dutch costumes, especially those from Zeeland and Katwijk, the landscapes of this regions are founded in many of his compositions.

He illustrated several deluxe books which are much sought after by booklovers. He also illustrated many popular weekly magazines from 1886 to 1893.

He was a member of the Belgian artists association Les Hydrophiles and the president of the Royal Belgian Aquarellists Society. In 1994 a large retrospective of his work was shown at the Museum Vleeshuis in Antwerp.

Cassiers died in Ixelles, Belgium on February 27, 1944. Today, his works can be found in important public and private collections worldwide. His watercolours earned himself a worldwide reputation. In his paintings realistic design characterized by a sense of lightness, he always stressed the picturesque side of his subjects, charming and seducing. Cassiers’s works are in public collections, including at the Brussels Museum, in Antwerp Museum, in Bruges Museum and the Katwijks Museum.

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