Frans Mortelmans, Painter, Get to know him !
Flower painter Antwerpen 1865 - 1936 Belgium.
|Roses by Frans Mortelmans. Privat collection GALLERY FRANCE.|
Not many people heard about him, But I sold several of his paintings during my time as an Old Master dealer.................................... and still a fan of him !
The young Mortelmans grew up in St. Paul parish. His father Charles Magoo had a printer's shop in the Zirkstraat, but also had cultural aspirations and that facilitated the artistic inspirations of his sons Louis and French.
Frans Mortelmans studied at the Antwerp Academy of fine arts in 1876 to 1887 and at the higher Institute in Antwerp from 1887 to 1891.
His teachers at the Academy were Edward Dujardin, J.E. Van Wyk, p. Beaufaux, p. Anthony, j. Geefs, Albrecht De Vriendt, Michel Marie Charles Verlat and Lucas Schaefels amongst others.
At the higher Institute were the Juliaan De Vriendt and Frans Van leemputten. His participation in the Prix de Rome for painting in 1886 and 1889 brought him not by the selections.
Despite the versatility of its training specialized Frans Mortelmans in painting of flowers and still lifes. His style was very virtuoso and flattering, colorful, yet withheld and never noisy.
He also painted some portraits, interiors with figures and still life with vegetables, seafood, mushrooms, fruit, cheese or ham, but get the upper hand numerically flower arrangements. Within this category are the most numerous representations of roses tuilen.
During his vacations on the coast he painted fishing boats and beach scenes. In his country home to London were then again outside faces of the garden and the Heath.
He was a member of various artist groups: Arte et Labore, De Scalden, The Holly and The Thistle (both last in Mechelen).
Professionally, he was a professor in the stillevenpainting Academy of Berchem. His pupils there included John M. and Joris Minne. He remained in Office until in 1935.
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