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Cloudy Fields

by Vande Fackere Joseph

Bruges 1879 – 1946

Belgian Painter

Dimensions: Image size 33 x 41 cm, frame size 36 x 44 cm
Signature: Signed bottom right, verso signed and titled "Temps orageux"
Medium: Pastel

Value: up to 5.000€

Vande Fackere Joseph (Jef) was born in Bruges on October 30, 1879 in Sint-Walburgastraat in Bruges. He was a son of Joseph François, land surveyor, and died shortly in Bruges in Wollestraat on October 13, 1946 in his native town. He lived in Assebroek, where he had a spacious studio built in his garden. He visited The Netherlands and France.

His teachers at the Bruges Academy were Pierre Raoux and Edmond Van Hove. Vande Fackere became a teacher at the Bruges Academy in 1904, where he succeeded Hendrik Van Hulle.

In 1918 he became the founder of the department of daytime courses for misses. He trained many young ladies there, to become competent artists.

Vande Fackere was a particularly good pastellist and painted beautiful portraits, still lifes and landscapes. In the Bruges Town Hall hangs a beautiful portrait of Julius Sabbe, dated 1906, donated to the City of Bruges in 1910 by the children of J. Sabbe.

In 1907, he painted the portraits of Stijn Streuvels and Hugo Verriest. He also painted numerous portraits of children. From the 1920s onwards, he painted flowers and fruit in a very beautiful way.

From 1904 to 1926, he participated continuously in the annual exhibition of the Cercle Artistique Brugeois. He also held many exhibitions himself. There was a particularly beautiful exhibition in the Gallery “San Salvador” from October 18 to November 4 in 1923. They were mainly flower arrangements and a few portraits, mostly executed in the pastel technique. In 1970 the portrait of Louis Vanderborgt, painted by Vande Fackere, was donated to the Bruges museums.

Vande Fackere Joseph occupies an important place in the gallery of Bruges Artists.

Today, his works can be found in private and public collections, including Groeningemuseum in Bruges and Ostend.

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