An early 20th century Belgian marbled trompe l'oeil painting.

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An early 20th century Belgian marbled trompe l'oeil painting.

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A watercolour and gouache trompe l’ceil painting, painted at the "Institut Superieur de Peinture de Bruxelles"

Belgian, circa 1920
This work simulates a marble called Breccia di Settebasi which was quarried on the island of Skyros. It wasn't until the 19th century that its origins were uncovered as it had previously been used exstenisevely in and around Rome in the 1st / 2nd century A.D

First founded by Pierre Legelain in 1882 the first school was established to teach decorative painting. Alfred Van der Kelen founded a second school in 1892 which became known as the Institut Superieur de Peinture de Bruxelles. The school provided a six month course for apprenticed painter-decorators that was designed to teach them how to imitating wood and marble and other decorative painting techniques.

Provenance: From the family of Alfred van der Kelen, Director of the Institut Superieur de Peinture de Bruxelles, by descent.

Height: 65 in; 165 cm
Width:45 1/2 in; 115.5 cm

Reference: MTS478

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