"Summer games" by Marcel Hocq (born in 1933, Belgium)
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right
Titled, dated and countersigned on the back
47.24 x 47.24 inches.
Provenance: Artist's studio.
Born in 1933 in Velaine-sur-Sambre in Belgium, Marcel Hocq paints watercolors and draws from the age of nine. He studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Luc in Brussels and became an art photographer.
At the same time, Marcel Hocq began painting in oils around the age of 20: his style never stopped evolving.
A student in Belgium at a time when Impressionism was evolving towards Expressionism (Permeke, Van der Berghe, Tytgat, De Smet), Marcel Hocq also turned towards a deeper search for the meaning of existence. The carefree scenes are followed by the study of the human being in his work and his daily occupations. His friend PERMEKE was one of the leaders of this movement and, with Marcel Hocq as with Permeke, both remain deeply human.
If Marcel Hocq says he is marked by expressionist artists like Kokoschka, Nolde or Kirchner, he quickly evolves towards a less didactic painting and more personal themes.
A little away from the Belgian Art of today, the painting of Marcel Hocq has gradually slipped into a dreamlike universe, formed of symbolic memories. His permanent attachment to the world of childhood, the soothing structure of the geometry of his paintings, his multiple aesthetic influences greatly contribute to it.