OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED INSCRIBED NOORDZEE AND DATED 1924
20" X 24"
Médard Verburgh was born in the town of Roeselare in western Flanders 1886. At the age of 13 he became a pupil of the glass-maker and decorateur Emiel Duyverwaerdt in his atelier in Roeselare. In 1905 he entered the Academy of Roeselare where he would remain for two years studying oil painting under the guidance of Gustaaf Pieters and Gaston Vallaeys. In 1907 he began a four year course at the Academy of Brussels where his professor Constant Montald took a keen interest in his young pupil. Graduating in 1911 he started showing paintings at the ateliers of firstly the art group L’Effort and later La Girafe. It was at these venues that he first met the painters that would become the Brabant Fauvists who would greatly influence his artistic styles going forward. In 1913 he embarked on a extended visit to Italy returning to Brussels where he established his own studio. By now he was gaining considerable critical acclaim and the work that he would produce over the next 10 years would be the most significant of his life. As with many of his contemporaries his career was interrupted by World War I but after the Armistice he moved to the coastal town of Ostend where he would remain for 5 years often in the company of two of Belgium’s greatest painters James Ensor and Constant Permeke who were also residents of the town. His work was now developing a slightly more Modernist feel with a somewhat less vivid pallet that he had employed in his fauvist days. In the late 1920’s he lived in New York for a while and his paintings of the New York skyline are some of the finest of this period. Once again a World War would interrupt his career during which time he painted little in the way of significant works. His career was re-born however in 1947 when he moved to the Spanish island of Ibiza. For the following 5 years he painted many views in the Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca. After a long and distinquished career Medard Verburgh died in the Brussels suburb of Uccle in 1957. Since his death there have been two major retrospectives held in Belgium, the first at the Museum of Ixelles in 1968 and in 1993 at the Galerij Campo in Antwerp. Paintings by Médard Verburgh can be seen today in museums throughout the world including those in Antwerp, Brussels, Verviers, Brooklyn and Buffalo.