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Shadows on the Beach, 1953

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 70.5 x 100.5 cm
  • Inv. 1957-B

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Henri-Victor Wolvens was one of the group of painters who, after the Second World War, sought a synthesis of Expressionism and the intimate realism practised by many Flemish painters in the 1930s and ‘40s. Wolvens had a penchant for simple, trite subjects from his immediate surroundings. In addition to portraits and views of nature and the town, he repeatedly depicted the sea and the beach on the Belgian coast. His paintings are characterised by the use of thick masses of paint and forceful brushwork. However, his vivid colours enabled him to achieve a lightness that captures the atmosphere of a summer day at the coast exceptionally well.


Henri Victor Wolvens RKD
Brussels 1896 - Bruges 1977
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Title Shadows on the Beach
Date 1953
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right: HV Wolvens
year bottom left: 1953
inscription on the back of the canvas: ombres sur le sable
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1957-B
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300117546 seascapes AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
Keywords Iconclass 21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
22C light Iconclass
22C1 natural light Iconclass
22C5 reflection (light in general) Iconclass
22C8 shadow Iconclass
24A8 sunlight Iconclass
25H1 landscapes in the temperate zone Iconclass
25H133 beach Iconclass
25H1332 mud flat Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H23 sea (seascape) Iconclass
25H2311 wave Iconclass
25H2322 sea Iconclass
25H2322(NORTH SEA) sea (NORTH SEA) Iconclass
41A housing Iconclass
41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass
41A14 urban housing Iconclass
43C71511 shadow pictures (~ hand games) Iconclass
46C23 boat propelled by man or animal Iconclass
46C24 sailing-ship, sailing-boat Iconclass
61D(BELGIUM) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (BELGIUM) Iconclass
School / Style Expressionist (style) AAT
Modernist AAT
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. II, p. 369 (ill.))
Van het atelier naar de kust : Knocke & Heyst, 1880-1940 (tentoonstelling Knokke, Cultuurcentrum Scharpoord, 20.10.2012 - 13.01.2013) / Danny Lannoy, Frieda Devinck, Thérèse Thomas. - Oostkamp : Stichting Kunstboek, 2012
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