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Jos Verdegem - CLAUDE- 1944
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Jos Verdegem

CLAUDE - 1944

This is a handsigned, titled  and numbered etching. It was published in an edition of only 25.
This one 24/25  with the special mention: imprim. pour moi.

The subject is probably his son 'Lievin Albert Claude'  (°1936)
This is a rather dramatic story as his first wife died due to complications at the occasion of his birth. The artist married for a second time with one of his pupils the following year.

Strong subject of the boy looking over his schoulder.
Good condition. On a larger sheet measuring 50 by 35 cm with large margins.


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SKU xxbf5
Picture Size 19,80 x 14,80 cm
Specification Print
technic Etching
Artist Jos Verdegem
period 20th Century
School Belgian
subject Other
rating ***
Jos Verdegem (1897-1957)
Born in Gent in a family of workers in the textile factory's. He worked with a painter of houses and went to the academy of Gent were he had Frits Van de Berghe as one of his tutors. In 1913 he followed courses by George Minne. Albert Saverys was one of his fellow pupils.
He went to the war as a volentary and was wounded in september 1914 and brought to Great Britain. Only in 1917 he could return and joined the 'Kunstcompagnie' (lfred Bastien, Achiel Van Sassenbroeck, Médard Maertens and Anne-Pierre de Kat). After the war he followed course by Jean Delvin and started a painters studio in 'het pand. 19220 seems to be the year of his break-through. He parcitipated at exhibitions in Gent, Brussels and Antwerp and went to Paris were he stayed untill the end of the twenty's. Exhibitions: 'Le Centaure' 'Salon des Indépendants' et 'Salon d’Automne'
In 1929 he came back to Gent but it was hard to connect with the avant-garde and he accepted a position as tutor at the academy of Gent.
In the years 1938-1939 he devoted himself mainmy to etchings and drawings. The second world war was a new setback. He lost his job and got forgotten untill the year 1977 when a catalogue of his etchings was published. This helped to be recognized as an artist who filled in the Flemish expressionism and post-expresionism in his own sensitive manner.

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