Le Coucher de Soleil
Belgian, 1880 - 1950
Oil on canvas, signed
16 x 21 in.
A multi talented and much traveled man, George Brasseur was a painter, muralist and writer working throughout the first half of the twentieth century. He was born in the town of Charleroi, a southern suburb of Brussels in 1880. Whilst still in his teens he attended the Academy of Saint-Luc in Schaerbeek where he studied decorative painting. From 1900 he had a studio in Schaerbeek and commenced painting professionally. He is known to have worked in both oils and pastels producing landscapes, portraits and figure works in a post Impressionist manner. It was, however, as a painter of ecclesiastical subjects that he is perhaps best known today. He was commissioned to paint altar-pieces for churches in Brussels and Hal. Perhaps his greatest religious work was a large piece entitled ‘La Vierge des Marolles’ commissioned for the church of the town of Bruly in southern Belgium. Apart
from these paintings in oils he was also asked to design stained glass windows for a number of prominent churches in Belgium.
In the mid 1930’s Brasseur traveled to South America. His intention was just to make this a short visit but he so enjoyed the experience that he decided to stay there where he spent his time teaching. He helped establish the Academy of Fine Arts in Medellin Colombia and would later teach at the National Art School of Venezuela in Caracas. He would not return to Belgium until shortly before his death in 1950. This early and evocative work by Brasseur can be dated to around 1910.