Featured Artist in Collection

Emmanuel Vierin (1869-1954)

The Old Mill At Huele Nighttime

Born in Kortrijk on June 30, 1869, Vierin was a pupil at the Kortrijk Academy and at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp under Coosemans. Much of his subsequent life was spent in academia, with his nomination as a teacher at the Academy of Kortrijk in 1896 and directorship in 1912.

His paintings have a poetic quality and are related to impressionism. Much of his work depicted landscape views in and around Antwerp and Bruges. He was particularly interested in the play of light within his subjects, a talent clearly evident in this example. This important painting of the artist’s work, previously in the collection of the family of the painter, dates to around 1901, considered Vierin’s finest period. It depicts the old water-mill in the village of Heule, near Kortrijk, a view Vierin painted on a number of occasions. In fact, one of his famous paintings currently housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp depicts this water mill, although that work shows it during the summer months. His paintings are collected by important museums, including the Palais Des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium, and the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain.