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Raoul Hynckes

Le mur blanc avec porte, Beaumont, 1957

Raoul Hynckes (1893-1973) worked in various styles throughout his career. The most radical change of direction occurred in the early 1920s, when his Impressionistic landscapes made way for still lifes. Like many Belgians, Hynckes fled to the Netherlands during the First World War to escape German ...persecution and remained there for the rest of his life. After the Second World War he regularly travelled back to his beloved Belgium, often in the company of artist Lydia van Schagen (1905-1996). The light and the (Belgian) landscapes returned in his compositions, albeit in a different way. Besides his still lifes, his ‘main work,’ he now painted numerous deserted village views. This painting was made in Beaumont, about which Hynckes said: ‘It is a picturesque place situated in Wallonia that I discovered by chance while walking in that beautiful region. I worked there in the open air for so long that I gradually got to know all the houses, all the alleyways, all the fences and all the walls that sheltered delightful vegetable gardens.’ Text: Myrthe Wesseling, guide and museum
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Raoul Hynckes
Le mur blanc avec porte, Beaumont
Oil on panel
52 x 65 cm (h x w)
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