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 Vic Gentils

Vic Gentils

Birth
Ilfracombe, North Devon District, Devon, England
Death 25 Feb 1997 (aged 77)
Aalst, Arrondissement Aalst, East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Burial Antwerp, Arrondissement Antwerpen, Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium
Plot Perk R, Rij 6
Memorial ID 7045 · View Source
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Painter and Sculptor. The son of a french father and a flemish mother. Born in Ilfracombe, Devon. His father returned with his family to Belgium in 1925, settling in Antwerp. Vic trained as a painter and decorator, his father's profession, and Vic's skills in woodworking and gilding were a crucial part of his later practice as a sculptor. He studied painting and engraving but in the mid-1950s began working in three dimensions. In 1960 he began making the constructions in wood for which he is best known, using old furniture, picture frames, and pianos. This last became so associated with him that it formed the basis of a self-portrait of 1965. The first examples were non-figurative, although they sometimes recalled the format of the altarpiece. By the mid-1960s figures started appearing, as in his haunting depiction of a boxed prostitute Rua de Amor (1969, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels). They owe something to the towering constructed figures painted by de Chirico and Max Ernst. His work was often preoccupied with Belgian history and identity: homage is paid to artists such as Bruegel, Ensor, and Delvaux. The Homage to Camille Huysmans 1970 to 1971 shows the Belgian socialist leader surrounded by workers, visiting Lenin. These specifically local concerns might be one reason why an artist so highly regarded in his own country has never made a comparable impact outside it.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 22 Nov 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7045
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Vic Gentils (18 Apr 1919–25 Feb 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7045, citing Antwerpen Schoonselhof Communal Cemetery, Antwerp, Arrondissement Antwerpen, Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium ; Maintained by Find A Grave .