Bronze with dark patina
height 56 cm
width 55 cm
Oscar De Clerck (1892-1968) was a Belgian cubist Expressionist sculptor. He grew up in Ostend, where Henri Permeke, curator of the Museum of Fine Arts of Ostend, was a family follower. He studied in Ghent from 1909 to 1913, where his teachers in Ghent, were the painter and sculptor Felix Metdepenninghen and Jean Delvin. After the war, the style of Oscar De Clerck developed with the influences of Futurism and Cubism: The Calvary, The Pietà, The Lost Son, Astronomer (1919), The Flagellation (1920), Portrait of James Ensor (1921) , The Singer (1926) and The Song of Birds (1927). The French author Michel de Ghelderode said of him: "De Clerck is the most enlightened spirit, the most instinctive nature of the young Belgian sculpture. He is a figurative sculpture that is closely related to the aesthetics of the art deco style".
De Clerck, along with the sculptor Oscar Jespers (1887-1970), Henri Puvrez (1893-1971) and Emiel Poetou (1885-1975), was at the forefront of Belgian sculpture after the First World War. He governed with them, Belgian sculpture in the 1920s and 1930s. Then in the thirties, he returned to a more moderate rhythm of classical figuration. From 1934, he was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leuven. From the council of the city of Louvain, he received in 1937 the order for the monument Reconstruction of Louvain. He became director of the Academy in 1945.
Among his many commissions, De Clerck made in 1932 part of the decoration of the new city hall of Charleroi; in 1935, at the Universal Exhibition in Brussels, the decoration of the pavilion of the textile industry; in 1937, at the International Exhibition of Paris, the decoration of the pavilion of Belgium and baptismal font; in 1938, in New York, the decoration of the Belgian pavilion; in 1958, at the Universal Exhibition in Brussels, the decoration of the pavilion of the textile industry and the pavilion of Congo.
De Clerck also performed many busts. Among whom are James Ensor, Leopold Stokowsky, Princess Schwarzenberg, Miss Collin, Baron René Steen, August Vermeylen, Baron Houtart, Governor of Brabant, Viscount Reel Bergh, Professor Debaisieux, Kanunnik Lemaire, A. Smets, Mayor of Leuven , the painters William Paerels and Armand Apol.
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