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“Portrait” by Roger Van Gindertael

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Roger van Gindertael was born in 1899 in Belgium, he became famous as an art critic in the 1950s and 1960s, supporting abstract painters. In Brussels the artist and editor studied literature and fine arts in the class of the painter H. Richir. In the begging of the career Van Gindertael painted a lot in Provence and, also, did several projects as an illustrator, for instance, created lithographs for “Le Roi de la nuit” by Pierre Broodcoorens.

Roger van Gindertael was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine Cimais. He published a lot of articles in prominent magazines. Interestingly, Van Gindertael often signed his works under three initials, RVG, the same as paintings, for instance, “Portrait”.


Flamish expressionists and Cezanne inspired Van Gindertael. “Portrait” is created in the cubist manner with a very limited colour palette, but at the time emphasising a sense of elegance and restraint. Short loose strokes, tints transitions through layering and accent on wide open eyes, the glance make the work intense and soulful. The painter deals with weakness and strength, which turn one into another creating a feeling of melancholy.

Additionally, Roger Van Gindertael managed and organised many exhibitions of non-figurative art in Paris and abroad.
Our blogs about “Geometric shapes” by Ben Nicholson and Yosl Bergner’s “Homage to Chaim Soutine” might be interesting for you. Besides, check our blog about Nouveau Realisme artist Arman and his “Ties”.

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