THE BELGIAN INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE
GASTON BERTRAND - ROGER DUDANT - LISMONDE
ZEPHIR BUSINE - JEAN MILO - HEERBRANT
GILBERT DECOCK - ENGLEBERT VAN ANDERLECHT
EXHIBITION : September 15 - October 28 2017
on appointment until November 11
Open wednesday to saturday 2 - 6 PM or on appointment tel 02.539.23.09
Group 2 Gallery is pleased to announce its new exhibition "The Belgian Industrial Heritage" featuring paintings, watercolours and ink & charcoal drawings by 8 important Belgian artists.
Gaston Bertrand ( 1910-1994 ) , founding member of the group "Young belgian painters" ( 1945-48 ), was one of the best known belgian artists of his generation. In 1956 he was invited by the Royal Dutch/Belgian Shell company to participate in the exhibition "The petroleum industry viewed by the artists" at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. In 1958 the Stable Gallery in New York organized a personal exhibition of the artist.
Roger Dudant ( Tournai 1929 - Péruwelz 2008 ) participated in 1955 in the "International Exhibition of Contemporary Art" at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh and in 1956 in the exhibition organized by Belgian Shell at the Palais des Beaux-Arts. In 1961 the artist had a personal exhibition at the "Albert Landry Galleries" in New York. In the 1970's he was a founding member, with Zéphir Busine, of the "Hainaut 5" group of artists and became Professor at the "La Cambre Institute" in Brussels, succeeding to his close friend and Professor Paul Delvaux. In 2012 Group 2 Gallery paid tribute to Dudant with a one-man show "The beauty of natural, urban & industrial landscapes".
Lismonde ( 1908 - 2001 ) is justly considered as a master drawer in a universe dominated by black & white. The artist created during his career an exceptionnaly fine series of ink and charcoal drawings on paper, both figurative and abstract. Part of his oeuvre is inspired by factories and industrial landscapes in Belgium.
Jean Milo ( 1906 - 1993 ) studied at the Brussels Fine Art Academy in 1923 and became deputy manager of the famous Gallery "Le Centaure" in Brussels from 1926 to 1930. He exhibited in 1932 at the Schwarzenberg Gallery in Brussels. In 1933 he founded his own Gallery "Atelier de la Grosse Tour" in Brussels, where he organized an exhibition of Paul Delvaux. Member of the group "Young Belgian Painters" ( 1945-1948 ), he co-founded, with Jo Delahaut, the "Abstract Art" group of artists in 1952. In 1953 he visited the Belgian Congo and made upon his return a number of works inspired by this voyage.
Zéphir Busine ( 1916-1976 ) was, together with Roger Dudant, one of the founders of the “Hainaut 5” group of artists. In the 1950’s he found his inspiration in ships, ports and industrial sites of his native region of Hainaut.
Englebert Van Anderlecht ( 1918-1961 ) was rightly considered as one of the most talented artists of his generation. The artist is best known for his large "gestual" lyrical abstract paintings he made at the end of his short career. Van Anderlecht made a fine series of ink and charcoal drawings on paper depicting industrial landscapes.
Heerbrant ( 1912 - 1982 ) was a very talented self-made artist and "alchimist", figurative and abstract at the same time. He made a.o. a series of fine ink drawings about the coal industry in the "Borinage" region, near the belgian city of Mons. Read more
Gilbert Decock was born in Knokke at the Belgian coast in 1928. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Bruges. Since the end of the 1950's the artist painted elementary forms such as circles, squares and triangles which are dialoguing on his canvases. Read more
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