Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters

Auction 178 - 6 March 2021

Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters Lot 144

Gustave Van de Woestyne (Belgium / 1881 - 1947)
Angelic child - Ferdinand (1921)


€ 15 000 - 20 000

In 1914 Gustave Van de Woestyne was commissioned by Hubert De Craene, lead manufacturer in Waregem, to portray his eldest son. After the war, the painter settled with his family in Waregem. Van de Woestyne paints at their home, on the Potegem domain, to portray the figures in their familiar environment. De Craene recognizes the masterful talent of the portraitist and asks him around 1921 to interpret his deceased son Ferdinand, if he would have had reached the age of seven. Van de Woestyne imagines him as a first communion lace, with the aureola of an angel. (Mrs. Huguette Van de Woestijne-Vanagt)
"Gustave Van de Woestijne" Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; MSK, Ghent 1949, nr. 58
"Gustave Van de Woestyne 1881-1947" Museum van Deinze en de Leiestreek, Deinze 1997, exhibition cat. nr. 45 ill.
coll. De Craene family, Waregem
coll. Mrs. De Craene, Sint-Niklaas

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