Featured Artist in Collection

Paul Hermanus (1859-1911)

Depart de Bateaux de Peche, Ostende

Now regarded as one of the pre-eminent Belgian painters of the nineteenth century, Paul Hermanus was a realist painter whose work possesses a luminist quality. He was born in Brussels in 1859, son of the painter Alexandre Hermanus, and as a young boy took his initial studies with his father. In 1870, at the age of only eleven, he enrolled at the Academy of Brussels to study oil painting. Around 1899 he was commissioned to paint a series of frescoes for Maison Communale d’Uccle that can still be seen today. Paul Hermanus died at the tragically young age of only fifty-one.