A highly important example of the artist’s work from his best period, this small harbor scene dates to around 1920. It bears the tile of Nieuwpoort voor den Oorlog which translates as ‘Nieuwpoort before the War’. This refers to the seaside port of Nieuwport on the Belgian coast and depicts a scene prior to the devastating shelling that the Germans rained on the town during World War One.
Edgar Farasyn was born in Antwerp in 1858. After studying at the Antwerp Academy under Nicolas de Keyser, he established a studio in his hometown and commenced a successful career as a painter. His work was exhibited widely both within Belgium and internationally where it was consistently well received. Although a frequent traveler, Farasyn was keen to devote his time to the establishment of art schools at home. He was a founder member of the group ‘Les XIII’ as well as founding ‘Weer Uzelf’. Later in life he became a professor of Fine Art at the Antwerp Academy.
His paintings and murals are housed in numerous museums including those at Antwerp, Brussels and the National Museum of Berlin.