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Three Fishermen

by Verbeke Pierre

Ostend, Belgium 1895–1962

Belgian Painter

Signature: Signed bottom left
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Image size 100 x 100 cm, frame size 120 x 120 cm

Value: up to 5.000€

Verbeke Pierre was a Belgian painter who was born in Ostend in 1895. He was a painter of marines, harbour views, fishing scenes and landscapes. 

Pierre Verbeke was a painter who mainly acquired fame with his Fishermen’s portraits.

He was a pupil of Henri Permeke, Pierre Raoux and Floris Van Acker. He was a father of Constant, who had opened an Art Academy in Ostend before the WW I.

Verbeke studied afterwards at the Academy in Bruges and had known Karel Van Lerberghe and René Depauw among his fellow students. After the war, he first went to the Antwerp Academie of Fine Arts, where he had Juliaan De Vriendt as his main master teacher and finally to complete his studies he went to Paris.

Through patient study and practice, he had achieved a great technical skill and a peculiar way to describe the reality of the maritime life. His working method was traditional because it was precisely this reality that he wished to portray unchanged in its beauty and harshness. Verbeke became the painter of the sea and the fishermen. Several artists have treated this subject during the entertainment. But for Verbeke this was not just an occasional subject. He knew the fishing world, difficult work on the quays, the joys and sorrows of the fishing quarter, the bondage to the ship and to the heavy but exalted craft. This was not romance but hard reality for him. 

Verbeke died in his hometown in 1962. Today, his paintings can be found in private and public collections.

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