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Pire Marcel

Brussels 1913 – 1981 Opheylissem

Belgian Painter

Wheat Field with Working Farmers

Signature: signed lower right 'Marcel Pire'
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Image size 100 x 120 cm, frame size 122 x 141 cm

Pire Marcel was born on July 5, 1913, in Schaerbeek, Brussels, he embarked on a lifelong artistic odyssey that would take him from the vibrant streets of Belgium to the exotic landscapes of Africa, leaving behind a legacy of diverse and captivating works.

The son of Ernest Ferdinand Pire, Pire Marcel inherited not only a name but also a passion for the arts. Under the guidance of masters Delville and Bastien at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, he honed his skills, earning recognition and prizes for his exceptional talent in painting. His artistic lineage continued with the birth of his son, Ferdinand Pire-Ferdinand, ensuring the continuation of the family’s artistic tradition.

Pire’s canvas was a tapestry of genres, showcasing his versatility as an artist. While he painted captivating still lifes that breathed life into inanimate objects, his artistic repertoire extended to landscapes, flowers, African scenes, nudes, and portraits. His artistry transcended boundaries, capturing the essence of diverse cultures and landscapes.

The allure of distant horizons beckoned Pire to travel extensively, exploring the artistic tapestry of France, Spain, and Norway. However, it was his decade-long sojourn in the Belgian Congo from 1951 to 1961 that profoundly influenced his work. Drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of Africa, Pire’s paintings became a testament to the beauty and complexity of the continent.

Following his adventures in Africa and subsequent travels to South Africa, Egypt, and the Nubian desert, Pire returned to Belgium in 1965. Throughout his career, he exhibited his works, gaining recognition at esteemed venues such as the Salon des Artistes Indépendant de Paris, Moulu in Brussels, and the Mont des Arts Gallery in Brussels.

Pire’s artistic palette wasn’t limited to scenes from the Congo; he also painted portraits that captured the essence of notable figures of his time. Noteworthy among his subjects were Princess Clementine, daughter of King Leopold II, and the Governor of the National Bank, reflecting his ability to immortalize the personalities that shaped the era.

In 1981, Pire Marcel’s artistic journey reached its conclusion in Opheylissem, leaving behind a treasure trove of paintings that continue to captivate audiences. His legacy endures in private and public collections, with his works finding a home in museums in Brussels, the Belgian State Tervuren, and the Musée Royal de l’Afrique centrale. Pire Marcel’s canvases are windows into a world colored by his unique perspective, a testament to the enduring power of art to transcend time and space.

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