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Verbeke Pierre

Ostend, Belgium 1895–1962

Belgian Painter

Three Fishermen

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, a Belgian painter born in Ostend in 1895, was a masterful artist known for his captivating depictions of marine scenes, harbour vistas, fishing tableaus, and landscapes.

Verbeke’s artistic journey was influenced by his apprenticeship under esteemed mentors such as Henri Permeke, Pierre Raoux, and Floris Van Acker. Notably, he was the father of Constant, who established an Art Academy in Ostend before the outbreak of World War I.

His pursuit of artistic excellence took him to the renowned Academy in Bruges, where he formed lasting bonds with fellow students like Karel Van Lerberghe and René Depauw. Following the war, Verbeke continued his artistic education, initially at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts, where he learned under the guidance of Juliaan De Vriendt. He later completed his studies in the vibrant artistic hub of Paris.

Verbeke’s artistic journey was marked by patient dedication and diligent practice, resulting in remarkable technical prowess. His unique ability lay in his capacity to vividly convey the realities of maritime life. His approach was steeped in tradition because he sought to preserve the unaltered beauty and hardships of the world he painted. Verbeke became renowned as the painter of the sea and the fishermen, distinguishing himself through his intimate knowledge of the fishing world, the demanding labor on the quays, and the profound emotions that defined life in the fishing quarter. For him, this was not merely a subject of artistic exploration; it was a window into the genuine, sometimes grueling, world of those who depended on the sea.

Verbeke’s journey as an artist came to an end in his hometown in 1962. Today, his paintings find homes in both private collections and public exhibitions, a testament to his enduring legacy in the world of art.

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