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

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

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A watercolour and gouache trompe L'oeil painting, painted at the "Institut Superieur de Peinture de Bruxelles"

Belgian, circa 1920

This work simulates a distinctive black and white breccia marble from the Lez Valley in the midi-Pyrenees called "Grand Antique", which was quarried from Roman times and was also popular in the Byzantine era. At Santa Sofia in Istanbul for instance, it is used for columns. It also began to be quarried again by Louis XIV for Versailles.

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 imitate 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: MTS477

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