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Jespers Floris

Antwerp 1889 – 1965

Belgian Painter

Yellow Tulips

Signature: Signed lower left
Medium: Oil on board
Dimensions: Image size 40 x 30 cm, frame size 61 x 53 cm

Jespers Floris was a versatile Belgian artist born into an artistic family in Antwerp on March 18 in 1889. He excelled as a painter, graphic artist, sculptor, and cellist. Alongside his brother Oscar, Jespers explored various art forms and earned a living through music before focusing on visual arts. His encounter with Paul van Ostaijen in 1915 marked a pivotal moment, leading to the formation of a modernist group in Belgium.

Jespers experimented with diverse styles, from impressionism to cubism, influenced by artists like Rik Wouters and the avant-garde movement. His works during World War I showcased a shift from constructivism to fauvism. In the 1920s, he joined prominent Flemish expressionists, producing notable pieces such as “Adam en Eva” and “Bonjour Ostend.”

The artist’s collaboration with Van Ostaijen extended to illustrated literary works. Despite disagreements, Jespers’ impact on the Belgian modernist scene was significant. He taught and continued to evolve as an artist. His influence expanded further during his stays in Knokke and, notably, Congo, where he found inspiration for a second phase in his career. In addition to paintings, Jespers created sculptures and monumental tapestry designs.

Throughout his artistic journey, Jespers maintained a distinct authenticity and originality in his paintings. He continued to evolve as an artist until his death on April 16, 1965, in his hometown, leaving behind a legacy of contributions to the Belgian modern art scene.

Today, his paintings are housed in both private and public collections. A retrospective in 2005 at Mu.ZEE honored his contributions to the Belgian modern art scene.

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