WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE, SIGNED INSCRIBED 'HARDERWIJK' & DATED 1915
29" X 41"
Patoux was born in the town of Mellet, Belgium in 1893 and as a young man studied art at the Academy of Nivelles. From there he continued his studies at the Academy of Brussels before completing his education at the Academy of The Hague in Holland. Whilst in Holland war broke out so he decided to spend the war years in Holland rather than return to Belgium. After the war he commenced painting professionally and at first chose to paint in the manner of the post-Impressionists before becoming a ‘Divisionist’ in the mid-1920’s. He chose to paint a variety of subjects including landscapes, farm scenes and the occasional still-life. From the late 1930’s he abandoned painting and became an architect and indeed an excellent one. He was much in demand for his Art Deco inspired architectural ideas and as a result was made Professor, and eventually Director, of Architecture at the prestigious Academy of Watermael-Boitsfort. Emile Jean Patoux died in Brussels in 1985